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DR CERI THOMAS, RCA/AFG  —  artist, art historian, curator  (compiled May 2023)


Born in London to Welsh parents, I am a freelance artist, art historian and curator and am based in south Wales.  I have spoken at the Hay Festival, on BBC television and radio and on Channel 5 television.

As an artist, I work in a variety of media and have exhibited in Wales and abroad (in Florence, Düsseldorf and New York).  My artworks can be found in the National Library of Wales collection and in private collections.  I was elected a Royal Cambrian Academician in 2005, President of the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in 2006 and an honorary member of the Welsh Group in 2018.

My art history specialism is art in Wales (especially painting) over the last 100 years and I am a published author (with CASW, Gomer, New Welsh Review, Planet, Seren, Y Lolfa, etc) on Joan Baker, Charles Burton, Ken Elias, Arthur Giardelli, Josef Herman, Alfred Janes, Bryn Richards, Ceri Richards, Will Roberts, Frank Roper, Alan Salisbury, Evan Walters, Kyffin Williams and Ernest Zobole.  

This activity along with my art practice have informed my work as a curator which has included researching and curating exhibitions of artists active in Wales since 1945.  I have curated or co-curated retrospective exhibitions of many of the artists listed above (plus Michael Freeman and Ronald Lawrence) and of the 56 Group Wales and the Welsh Group at 60.

I was a part-time research assistant/fellow and art museum and gallery curator at the University of Glamorgan/University of South Wales from 2001 to 2017.  During this period, I was vice-chair of the editorial board for Post-war to Post-modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales (Gomer 2015).  I am also a listed and illustrated artist in this publication.

For more information, please visit me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or on my website

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