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Elwyn Thomas - Rhondda Valleys Artist.

Maerdy Colliery Pithead

Maerdy Colliery Pithead.

For many years Elwyn Thomas was Head of Art at Ferndale Grammar School, but he only really began painting following his retirement from full time teaching at Ferndale Comprehensive in July 1987. Working mostly through the medium of acrylic, Elwyn will however also paint in water colours and mixed media.

Elwyn was born in Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valleys on January 22nd 1932, and in 1999 he moved to Trealaw.

I was introduced to his work by his friend Gerald Owen, and instantly became a great fan of Elwyn's work. To me his work truly captures the spirit and the life of the Rhondda Valleys. I would like to thank him for sharing his work with us through the images on this website.

 

He has exhibited with "Pictures for Schools" on numerous occasions (This is organised through the Glamorgan Education Authority with The National Museum of Wales).
He has also exhibited at:-

The Rhondda Heritage Park on a few occasions.

The Washington Gallery, Penarth..

and the Albany Gallery - Christmas Show.

Click on the the images to see in high resolution:-

Back Lane Chat

Back Lane Chat

Rhondda Courting couple

Rhondda Courting Couple

Llangeinor, St Ceinwyr's Church

Llangeinor, St Ceinwyr's Church

Cwmparc

Cwmparc

Darran Park, Ferndale

Darran Park, Ferndale

Morlais Hall, Ferndale

Morlais Hall, Ferndale

Rhondda Gossips

Rhondda Gossips

Maerdy Colliery

Maerdy Colliery

Maerdy Colliery Buffers

Maerdy Colliery Buffers

Maerdy Colliery Drams

Maerdy Colliery Drams

Station Road, Dinas

Station Road, Dinas

Maerdy Colliery Workshop

Maerdy Colliery Workshop

Maerdy Colliery Workshop II

Maerdy Colliery Workshop II

Pontygwaith

Pontygwaith

North Road, Porth

North Road, Porth

North Road, Porth II

North Road, Porth II

Stanleytown

Stanleytown

Stanleytown II

Stanleytown

Llanwonno Road, Stanleytown

Llanwonno Road, Stanleytown

Llanwonno Road, Stanleytown II

Llanwonno Road, Stanleytown II

Lewis Mrthyr Colliery, Trehafod

Lewis Mrthyr Colliery, Trehafod

Tylorstown - approaching Brynheulog Terrace

Tylorstown - approaching Brynheulog Terrace

Tylorstown, Brynheulog Terrace

Tylorstown, Brynheulog Terrace

Church View, Tylorstown

Church View, Tylorstown

Ferndale Road, Tylorstown

Ferndale Road, Tylorstown

Prospect Place, Tylorstown

Prospect Place, Tylorstown

Rear of Pleasant View, Tylorstown

Rear of Pleasant View, Tylorstown

Wattstown

Wattstown

Wattstown II

Wattstown II

Wattstown III

Wattstown III

Wattstown IV

Wattstown IV

Llewellyn Street, Pontygwaith

Llewellyn Street, Pontygwaith

Llewellyn Street, Pontygwaith II

Llewellyn Street, Pontygwaith II

Treherbert Mountain and Town

Treherbert Mountain and Town

A Wattstown View

A Wattstown View

Pontygwaith View

Pontygwaith View

 



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