Heno, S4C Thursday 3rd January 2013 19:00 hrs, interview at the studio with Nia Wyn JonesFlog it! BBC, Monday 23rd May 3:45pm,
2011 Cultural excerpt.Paul Martin visits artist Eloise Govier in her studio and talks to her about her art and career. Sioe Gelf, S4C Nos Sul
Tachwedd 29, 19:00, 2009
Mae gweledigaeth liwgar yr artist Eloise Govier o dirwedd Cymru yn gwerthu ar draws y byd - does dim lle i dduwch
na llwydni yn ei thirluniau. ‘Rwy’n credu fod pobl yn ymateb i liw, texture a
golau’, meddai’r artist o Genarth, ‘ac rwy’n credu ei bod nhw’n meddwl bod hyn yn newydd a chyffrous.’
bod yn defnyddio lliwiau cwbl wahanol, mae hi’n cael ei hystyried gan rai fel y Kyffin newydd. Mae Cymru wedi creu argaraff fawr arni; trwy ddefnyddio
lliw mae Eloise yn honni ei bod yn ‘trio mynegi beth rwy’n teimlo am y wlad.’
Aeth Lisa Gwilym i’w chyfarfod yn
welcomes a Dutch of class and colour from Eloise
2012 Western Mail
WEST Wales painter Eloise Govier has opened a monthlong solo exhibition
in Amsterdam this week.
fellow artists, curators, designers and musicians all flocked to the opening to sneak a peak at the work of the celebrated
29-year-old from Cenarth, whose unusual use of colour and textural canvases, pictured right, caused quite a stir, with some
viewers commenting that they hadn't seen colour used in this way before.
Govier's collection was given
pride of place at the MSCOC, a 1616-built space in the heart of the city which was recently featured in Dutch Elle magazine
and honoured at Time Out's Best of Amsterdam Awards in 2011.
Govier says: "I've always been interested
in what colour can do emotionally."
Her luscious oil paintings vibrate with colour. Vermilion, magenta, sunshine yellow and cobalt blue jostle and dance in her
joyful palette and show the Welsh landscape in a whole new neon light - a far cry from dark, earthy colours that normally predominate
paintings of its mountains, rocks and crashing waves.
"I think on a subconscious level that
people respond to brighter colours such as pinks and yellows differently to how they respond to darker ones," she says.
"I never use black - I'm drawn to bright colours and don't want to make melancholic art.
"I don't want people to be depressed
when they look at the work," she adds, beginning each piece by painting her whole canvas with fluorescent paint, after
which she applies paint in thick, buttery strokes, creating deeply textured, almost sculptural work.
And while many artists eschew painting in favour of more 'modern' forms of expression, Govier remains committed to this
'traditional' art form.
"I think a lot of people feel that now we're into conceptual art, painting
has had its time, but I'm enjoying experimenting with it and I'm hoping to provide new answers.
continual search for what painting can do," she adds.
One Narbeth.co.uk Sunday
8 May 2011
Lovely as an interlude from all the national and international big news
headlines to note the opening of a new gallery in Narberth, that on launch day, Saturday 7 May, looked every much the ticket.The High Street Gallery at 13, High Street, Narberth is set to add another
tier to the town’s stack of showcase arteries. As I took the opportunity for a quick dash to mix it with the fruit juice
and the knowlegeable crowd that was gathered round some fine abstract offerings, there was a noteable spring to the step at
the back of the gallery that was showing work by some of the artists represented.
Amongst the tribal totems there were pieces by Andi Clay, Annabel Greenhalgh, Carole King, Eloise
Govier, Glenn Ibbotson, David A Light, Guy Manning and Diane Mathias. One picture in particular caught my eye. It was by Eloise Govier, a young artist based in Wales who has exhibited both
nationally and internationally. Her work has been sold in the Far East and is in private collections in America and Europe. She has been filmed
by S4C for the Welsh art show Sioe Gelf and recently been interviewed by Paul Martin for BBC Bristol. Eloise is an expressionist artist whose work captures an emotion or a feeling about the landscapes and people
she paints, many of her paintings of Wales are of the places she frequented whilst growing up in West Wales.In the deeply layered thought-provoking paint, I could
see and touch West Wales. The feeling of richness and particularity is detailed. There is warmth, light and movement. It captures
the scene and conveys it in a very personal way. It is an exquisite piece of work.
Voted Number 21 on
the list of "Top 50 people Revitalising Our Arts" Spring 2010
The Western Mail:
"They are some of
the most influential people on the Welsh cultural scene, whose very names can open doors and get projects moving. And of course, they fly the flag for Wales. Meet
our hot 50 arts list for 2010".
Wilson Interview Courier Scotland Saturday August 15th 2009After completing
her MLitt, eloise made the journey to the Charles H. Cecil's studio in Florence, a school run by the American artist which
provides classical training in drawing and oil for the select few."
"It was a new experience for me" says Eloise. "It's
really very different to what I'm doing now, as everything is approached so realistically and academically but I realised
that I loved drawing and painting full time."
St Andrews graduate Eloise Govier is currently enjoying great international
success with her colourful and unique paintings of the Welsh landscape she calls home. As the paintings from her most
recent exhibition, The Bridge That Floods, were being snapped up by her growing fan base, she spoke to Laura Wilson about
her somewhat unexpected career in art, and her plans to paint her University town.
the daughter of two successful artists, Welsh painter Eloise Govier resisted the urge to pick up a paintbrush for a long time.
"I initially didn't want to fo down that route," she explains. I did a joint honours
MA at the University of St Andrews in ancient history and art history, and then continued my studies with an MLitt in the
School of Art History. I had always imagined I would become an academic but I became more and more inspired by the art
Iwas studying and eventually I began to paint."
At St Andrews, Eloise studied under Professor Christina
Lodder and was massively influenced by the Expressionists she gave lectures on, falling in love with the works of the German
group of artists Die Brücke and the Russian painter Alexej von Jawlensky. "I'd never seen paintings like that before she enthuses.
"So full of vibrant colours and emotive brushstrokes. They were all trying to capture a mood or a feeling about
the place rather than just presenting a direct replica of them. It seemed so intimate and emotional."
of inspiration, she headed for Berlin, home of the Expressionists and, on her return to Wales, announced to her parents that
she was going to become an artist and set up a studio at home. After completing her first two canvases, she tool them
to the Pendre Gallery, a space for contemporary art in West Wales. They were immediately accepted and sold quickly and
from that moment on, Eloise's success in the art world has been on the rise. Working with brightly-coloured oil paints and aerosols
to create unique paintings of her homeland, Eloise's mood-enhancing art has created a storm. Cottages, harbours and
boats become a feast for the eyes in mouthwatering sweetie-like tones, applied with thick brush and knife strokes that make
the viewer want to reach out and touch them.
wouldn't paint with acrylic-everything about it feels cheap," she says. "It dries too quickly, the depth of colour
is too synthetic, the texture is boring and can only be made interesting by introducing foreign mediums. The only time
I have used acrylic is as an undercoat on a canvas. I wanted florescent pink and orange and they don't do that in oil-well,
not yet!" Her
canvases vary in size from small to the extremely large and, to create the desired effects, she has found herself employing
some interesting methods.
"When it comes to the size of my canvases, i like to mix it up a bit, I've worked on five-inch squares
right up to five-foot by nine-foot canvases. My studio wasn't bid enough for the latter, so I strapped the frame between
two trees. Hurricane Gordon was hitting Wales at that point and although there wasn't any rain, there was a lot of wind.
It was a heck of a lot of fun painting like that. The piece was called Arcadia and became the star of my first
Arcadia was shown at Pendre Gallery in 2006 and was followed up with Wales
in Colour in 2008. During that time, Eloise also exhibited work from her Neon Wales collection at Howies Gallery in
Bristol and the Arton Gallery in Japan and contributed work to the Art in Mind Show at the Brick Lane Gallery in London. Her
most recent collection, The Bridge that Floods, has just been shown at Pendre. "It's strange to have sold work all over the world,"
says Eloise, who has had some paintings snapped up before they have had the chance to make it on the gallery walls. "The
aim of having a show of your work is to sell it. I still find it difficult though-people will buy something and I'll
think 'That was my favourite, and I'll never have it again."'
mourning the loss of paintings she has become attached to, her studio, which is opened once a year to the public, is never
empty of art. A prolific painter, eloise has now begun work on a collection that will examine human emotion rather than
the Welsh landscapes she has become known for. She has also worked on paintings of the London Underground. "Wales is home and it's very
inspiring to me but I've done some paintings of London too. I went down to the underground stations and sat and did
some sketches-probably looking crazy-and have produced some work based on them. I was very inspired by the Underground-I
loved the tiles and the colours. It's a world full of sweeping movement-it's really quite majestic."
Her future plans include a collection based on her adopted town
of St Andrews. "I come to St Andrews every July. I like to be here during the summer and find the town very
inspiring. It's nice to come back and see all the familiar faces and places and I've been working on paintings and sketches
for the last couple of years now. I hope to have an exhibition, entitled St Andrews: Rising, ready and up before the
year is out. I'm in the area at the moment, getting the final ideas down and I'm excited because I don't think St Andrews
has been painted like this before. I lived here for five years, so I get nostalgic about the place."
With appreciation of her work growing internationally, Eloise's paintings may soon
become as recognisable as the work of another artist with connections to St Andrews University, Jack Vettriano. "I
attended a Jack Vettriano masterclass in St Andrews in 2003 and found it very informative," she says. "First,
he sat at the front and showed us how he painted, then we all had a go and he walked around and commented on the work. All
the students in the class did mini-versions of his classics-it was so weird to see! "I sat there doing a self-portrait
in green and he came over and said "I don't know what to say to that!"'
Pendre Art Gallery in Cardigan is hosting ‘The Bridge
that Floods’, a new collection of oil paintings by up-and-coming local artist Eloise Govier.
25th June 2009
The paintings depict local scenes, including Cardigan Bay, Llechryd,
Newport, New Quay and Fishguard; they are all painted in her bright, colourful, Expressionist manner using oil on canvas.
Eloise generates a body of texture and movement through layers of directional paint and contrasting colours, the paint is
applied in such abundance that her works are almost sculptural in their creation. Those familiar with her work will know she
has a distinctive style that sets her work apart from most; rarely, if ever, has Wales been portrayed in this unique way.
The artist says: ‘My work is an emotional response to the landscape rather than a literal rendering of the view, I am
drawn to bright and daring colour combinations that capture a mood or feeling about the place; I grew up here, so, inevitably,
when I paint West Wales, its about capturing my home’. Successes this year include the auctioning of her piece entitled
‘Alltybwla’ at the London Welsh Dragon Ball, the painting raised close on a £1000 pounds for charity. She
has had a piece selected for the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, her work entitled ‘Summer 2008: last of the good times?’
will be exhibited from October until January at the Oriel Kyfin Williams, Llangefni, prize winners will be decided upon in
September. This will be Eloise’s third solo show at the Pendre Art Gallery, she has also exhibited at the Brick Lane
Gallery in London, the Arton gallery in Japan, the Howies Bristol Shop, and with numerous art groups across Wales. She now
has works in Private collections all over Wales, and in London, St Andrews, Kyoto, Beaujolais, Verona and Portland.
Tivyside Wednesday 27th November 2007
Putting Wales in a new light
After the success of Eloise's first
exhibition, Arcadia 2006, she has now turned her eye to the Teifi Valley and produced a collection of more than 30 oil paintings
of local viewpoints. She studied at the University of St Andrews, where she graduated in 2005 before moving to Florence.
Her interest in Expressionist
art then lead her to Germany where she spent three months in perhaps the most artistically exciting city in Europe, Berlin.
Her expressionist brushstrokes and palette-knife marks emphasise the dynamic skylines and hills of West Wales, and her
extreme use of bold and contrasting colours means that these pieces are a unique take on Wales.
She said: "With
this exhibition I wanted to experiment with my use of colour, I wanted my paintings to show more than just blue skies and
green hills, because when you do sit on the hills and actually look out at what is there before you, you realise that at certain
times of the day, you can have pink skies and purple hills, and that's the Wales that I wanted to capture."
Tivyside 1st October 2012
Tivyside artist Eloise Govier’s solo exhibition opened in
Amsterdam this week. The show is on display at the MSCOC (180 Amstel, Amsterdam) for the whole of September. The artist was
invited to exhibit by Amsterdam representative and founder of the MSCOC Natalie Semanka, who exhibits international artists
and creators that offer new and innovative approaches to their own creative practice. Fourteen pieces of Eloise’s works
are on display, including paintings from her hugely popular collections ‘The Swan House’ (2012) and ‘ÜBER
Spectators, artists, curators, designers and musicians flocked to the opening to sneak a peak at her work, drawing
inspiration from the artists unusual use of colour and textural canvases, viewers commented that they hadn’t seen colour
used in this way before. Speaking at the the Exponential MOB private view at Tijdelijk Museum Eloise commented that: “its
great to be exhibiting in Amsterdam, the city has a huge international community and is a major player in the art scene, everyone
involved with the MSCOC is working creatively and expanding the boundaries of traditional mediums, individually showing how
their respective practices can be taken further”. The work found at the MSCOC verges on the more extreme side with exhibitors
playing on the frontier of art and design.
Featured in Dutch Elle magazine the MSCOC was awarded the Best of Amsterdam Awards in 2011 by Time
Out, the space was built in 1616 and is situated in the heart of Amsterdam overlooking the Amsterdam Opera house. Eloise added
that "at the MSCOC there is a strong awareness of practice amongst those who exhibit here - materials are used sensitively
and the approach is from the atelier. Artists are aware of both the impact of what they make and how they make it. There
is no denying that as a generation of creators we are incredibly lucky, every practicing artist of my generation must be aware
that we have a new world of mediums, materials and technology at our fingertips; we must use it, there has to be innovation,
but equally we must use it wisely and exemplify fair and good practice.”
With such a thriving international community the
Amsterdam art scene appears borderless, people communicate in ideas and energy, and the desire to create is the driving force
that unites people from different countries and backgrounds.
The exhibition has lead to new opportunities and new friendships, there are several creative collaborations
now in place with an eye to the future. The Wales-Dutch alliances have been forged, said Eloise.
Art Preview: Eloise
5 2010 Jenny White Interview: Western Mail
Eloise Govier exhibitionA new gallery is championing some of Wales’ finest artists, including promising newcomer Eloise Govier, who’s
already selling out her work in the Far East and New
York. She tells
Jenny White about her passion for colour
luscious oil paintings vibrate with colour. Vermilion, magenta, sunshine yellow and cobalt blue jostle and dance in her joyful
palette. “I’ve always been interested in what colour can do emotionally,”
says Govier who, at the age of 27, is already enjoying international success. “I think on a subconscious level, people respond
to brighter colours such as pinks and yellows differently to how they respond to darker ones. “I never use black – I’m drawn to bright
colours. I don’t want to make melancholic art; I don’t want people to be depressed when they look at the work.”
begins each piece by painting her whole canvas with fluorescent paint. After that, she applies paint in thick, buttery strokes,
creating deeply textured, almost sculptural work.
many artists eschew painting in favour of more ‘modern’ forms of expression, Govier remains committed to this
‘traditional’ art form. The vibrant and tactile nature of her work springs from
her desire to push painting into new territory. “I think a lot of people feel that now we’re into conceptual art, painting
has had its time, but I’m enjoying experimenting with it and I’m hoping to provide new answers. It’s a continual
search for what painting can do.”
search began at university in St Andrews, where she studied the history of art while developing her own skills as a painter.
The daughter of two artists, she grew up in West Wales and still has her studio at her parents’ home in Cenarth. At the end of her degree, she went to Florence and studied life drawing at the Charles Cecil Art Atelier.
run in the old tradition where you learn from a master. It was quite a serious, academic way of studying art; we devoted a
month to just one figure. I also spent a lot of time visiting galleries such as the Uffizi.”
She later moved to Berlin and lived in an art studio with other artists. It was here she started to
find her voice as a painter, taking as her starting point the expressionist style that grew out of early 20th century Berlin.
“My roots were always in expressionist art. That was what I was interested
in at university. Expressionist art is very emotional art. It’s not a direct replication of reality, but a reaction
to it.” A
key difference between Govier’s work and the original expressionists is the nature of her emotional response. While
‘typical’ expressionism tends towards darkness and pain, Govier’s work is bright and optimistic.
As such, it shows the Welsh landscape in a whole new light. The dark, earthy colours that predominate
in Wales – coupled with the big-hitting drama of mountains, rocks and waves – mean paintings of Wales are often
imbued with a sense of melancholy. By choosing colours that reflect not what she sees, but what she feels about
the Welsh landscape, Govier reminds us that this is a joyful place to be.
“You get people who love the brightness
of the work, but I probably do get some negative responses too. “Luckily people are usually too polite to tell me! I understand that the work I’m
doing is demanding, but I enjoy that – I don’t want to make direct replications of what is around me; I want to
express my emotions about it. I think that’s where you start communicating with people.”
“It was my exhibition, in 2007, when I really focussed on the landscape,” she says. “My
colours became more extreme and the images much more demanding of the viewer.
Robin Turner Interview,
Jul 11 2009
Rising artist Eloise paintings on global sale
London, New York and Tokyo are
charging thousands of pounds for works by a young Welsh artist whose images of Wales evoke memories of the late Sir Kyffin
Williams. Eloise Govier’s neon takes on the seaside villages of her West Wales homeland have proved a
hit with items of her work present in private collections as far afield as Kyoto, Verona and Beaujolais, and galleries across
the world. While their love of the stunning beauty of fields, beaches and countryside of Wales marks the 27-year-old
out as an heir apparent to Sir Kyffin’s legacy, Eloise navigates her way round a palette in a way that sets her apart.
But despite her burgeoning success, the young landscape artist does not believe in suffering for her art. She said: “Art does not have to make you depressed, bright colours and vibrancy in a canvas can make your heart
soar with joy.” Like one of her favourite painters, the late Sir Kyffin, she has been inspired
by Wales’ trademark scenery. And while Sir Kyffin’s work reflected his Anglesey
surroundings, Eloise was brought up in Cenarth in Ceredigion – within easy reach of both rural idyll and coastal grandeur.
She said: “I had a joyous upbringing with yellow, sandy beaches, big, dazzling blue skies and
deep green fields.”
Describing herself as single, but with a boyfriend, she sees herself as
something of a reactionary in producing bright, uplifting work. She said: “Some of the so-called
stars of Brit-Art like Marc Quinn come up with things which are not only dark, they are quite depressing. “For instance Marc used some of his own blood to create a deathly mask ‘face of blood’ while Damien
Hirst’s dead animals in formaldehyde are regarded as modern classics. “I feel quite
strongly that art should lift the soul not drag it down.”
Her expressionist landscapes with
a dizzying range of strong colours and her “graffiti” pieces using fluorescent painted canvases and spray acrylics
are now selling for up to £3,500 in galleries in London, Japan and throughout Europe. She said: “I
would definitely call my work expressionist, depicting Welsh field patterns and an abundance of Welsh summer sky using directional
lines to depict colour and light.”
It was almost inevitable Eloise would gravitate towards life as a full-time
artist. Her parents, sculptor Gordon Govier and painter Janette Buss moved to Cenarth when she was a young
child. Although she was born in Canterbury, her earlier memories are of the fields, beaches and sparkling rivers around her
Welsh home. She said: “It’s an inspirational place to live and the beauty of the area was the reason my parents
Eloise’s latest exhibition of works, The Bridge that Floods, is on show at the Pendre Art Gallery
in Cardigan until August 1 and is attracting a steady stream of art hunters looking to buy the up and coming painter’s
work. She said: “I have canvases that sell for hundreds but some are now going for thousands, it’s
an exciting time.” The paintings depict local scenes, including Cardigan Bay, Llechryd, Newport,
New Quay and Fishguard and all come in her trademark bright, colourful, expressionist manner using oil on canvas.
who runs the gallery, said: “Eloise generates a body of texture and movement through layers of directional paint and
contrasting colours, the paint is applied in such abundance that her works are almost sculptural in their creation. “Those familiar with her work will know she has a distinctive style that sets her work apart from most; rarely,
if ever, has Wales been portrayed in this unique way.” Eloise added: “My work is an emotional
response to the landscape rather than a literal rendering of the view, I am drawn to bright and daring colour combinations
that capture a mood or feeling about the place; I grew up here, so, inevitably, when I paint West Wales, it’s about
capturing my home.”
Her successes this year include the auctioning of her work Alltybwla at
the London Welsh Dragon Ball with the painting raising close on £1,000 for charity. She has also had
a piece selected for the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize – her work entitled Summer 2008: last of the good times? will
be exhibited from October until January at the Oriel Kyffin Williams in Llangefni.
Her current exhibition
at the Pendre Art Gallery is her third solo show and she has also exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery in London, the Arton
gallery in Japan, the Howies Bristol Shop and at numerous art groups across Wales. She can now boast
works in private collections all over Wales and in London, St Andrews in Scotland, Kyoto in Japan, Beaujolais in France and
Verona in Italy.
Sarah Jane Absalom (nee Jones)
Tuesday 7th July 2009
An Artist who
glows with colour
Eloise Govier is on a roll. Already being rated
as one of the most dynamic young artists to emerge from Britain, her work is being snapped up by gallery owners across London
and Japan. Whenever she stages an exhibition, her paintings get snapped up before the oils have a chance to dry. Yet
her attitude towards art remains doggedly realistic.
"Art is currently in a
very depressing state," she says in her quietly rapid and highly articulate way. It was never more apparent than
during the Brit art shows of the nineties and noughties. Art college students are turing increasingly towards conceptual
art and the same applies to the academics - they want to become artist but because their talents are somewhat lacking, they
turn man-made goods are the basis for their work. "Maybe this is why brighter, more emotional works are appealing
to people because they know it's going to bring a degree of buoyancy into their lives."
work, for those unfortunate enough not to have seen it is... you've guessed it... buoyant, vibrant and bursting with some
of the most dynamic colour combinations imaginable. "I suppose the way I use colour is unique," she continues.
"The other day a friend of mine was watching me paintings and said that I was glowing with colour because the intensity
of the paint on the canvas was being reflected back onto my face. I want my work to be tactile even though people can't
touch it. This is why I use very thick oil paint and put it on very generously so that it appears to be almost dripping."
The result is a painting that's as full of life as Eloise Govier.
Born in Canterbury
as the daughter of international sculptor Gordon Govier and his wife the painter Janette Buss, it was hardly surprising that
Eloise's upbringing was decked in art. "For the first five years of my life, I was more or less living in a gallery.
"Naturally I was encouraged to draw and paint and my parents would respond to whatever I tried to create bu they
never wanted me to make a career of art. If anything they discouraged me."
A levels in English, History, Sociology and Art and Design Eloise went to St Andrews's University to read History of Art.
"Suddenly I found myself surrounded by all these great works of art by people such as Picasso, Manet and Monet,
and it proved a real eye-opener. This was when I knew that I wanted to paint properly but even then it wasn't a career
option. Instead it was a means of expressing my emotions."
One of Eloise's
first experiments centred exclusively around trees. "i was still only in my early 20s and chose to paint trees int he
most bizarre colours. The work was instinctive and emotional and this is how it's continued to the present day. I
go into the studio with a vague idea of what I'm going to paint but nothing's been pre-meditated. I rely solely on my
instinct and it seems to come very naturally. This is how the Expressionist worked and I've taken a great deal of inspiration
from their concepts."
Following the Masters degree at St Andrews, Eloise spent several months
at the Charles Cecil Art Atelier in Florence studying life drawing. "Basically I wanted to see how other artists
worked," she explains. "We'd work on just one model for a whole month trying to present it in an almost photographic
way. Everybody was producing these very tidy little sketches whereas mine were all over the place... crazy and dynamic!
I guess this made me realise that the other students were producing work that was very controlled and tight but displayed
very little expression."
From Florence Eloise spent five months in Berlin where
she was able to immerse herself wholly into the work of her mentors - the Expressionists. "I lived in an artist
studio with a group of artists whose lives revolved wholly around their art." Soon after returning to her parents' home in Cenarth,
Eloise completed three paintings which she showed to Liz and Andy at the Pendre Art Gallery in Pendre. The strength
of her work resulted in her first solo exhibition in 2006 which Eloise describes as "big, bold and different". The
exhibition was a huge success and was repeated the following year with her 'Wales in Colour' solo exhbition. Sixteen
of its paintings were shown at the Brick Lane Gallery in London where work was purchased by a private collector.
This week Eloise opens her latest exhibition 'The Bridge that Floods' consists of 26 paintings completed during the
autumn and winter, 2008. "They're based on landscapes that I know so well and that mean so much to me. They've
given me a great deal of pleasure and I just hope they'll provide the same fulfilment to everyone who'll view them. Who
knows what the next year is going to bring... all I want is to continue paint, continue to exhibit and continue to gain confidence."