Will Roberts

Will Roberts (1907-2000)

was a well-known painter mainly in oils of the people and landscape of Wales. He was born in Ruabon near Wrexham in North Wales and the family moved to Neath in Glamorgan in 1918, where he lived for the rest of his life. Will Roberts studied at Swansea School of Art in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1945 he met the Polish born artist Josef Herman who gave Roberts advice and support and Herman was to be an influence over Roberts’ later work. Will Roberts exhibited widely in Wales and at the Royal Academy 1981-88 and the New English Art 1981-89. His first solo show was at Roland, Browse Delbanco in London in 1954 and other shows followed including at AIA London 1960, Dillwyn Gallery Swansea 1964, Howard Roberts Gallery Cardiff 1969, Royal Cambrian Academy, Plas Mawr, Conwy 1976, Tegfryn Gallery Menai Bridge 1979 & 1982, Attic Gallery Swansea 1982 and Albany Gallery Cardiff 1982, 1988, 1998. There was a memorial exhibition in 2001 at the National Library Wales, Aberystwyth. Roberts was a founder member of 56 Group Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy. His work is represented in many public collections including National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Welsh Arts Council; Contemporary Arts Society; Glyn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea; Newport Museum & Art Gallery; Merthyr Tydfil Museums; Contemporary Arts Society in Wales; Neath Port Talbot Council; Cardiff University; Hereford Art Gallery & Museum; and Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry.

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