During 2018 we celebrate the birth of Sir Kyffin Williams on May 9th 1918. Welsh artistic giant Sir Kyffin, a native of Llangefni, Anglesey, painted relentlessly for 60 years. He died at the St Tysilio Care Centre not far from his home at Pwllfanogl, Llanfair PG, Anglesey on September 11th 2006.
Sir Kyffin was Wales’ most successful and prolific artist of all time. Awarded a Knighthood in 1999, Sir Kyffin was an ambassador for the arts in Wales, assisting his fellow artists and helping to establish art galleries in North and South Wales. Regarded as one of Wales’ foremost benefactors he donated his Patagonian art collection painted by him in South America in 1968/69, to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
The Library has the largest collection in the world of Sir Kyffin’s art. Sir Kyffin also gave a massive collection of 400 works to Oriel Môn in Llangefni, Anglesey, a treasure trove of art. Oriel Môn also houses Oriel Kyffin Williams established in 2008 following a national appeal, a state of the art gallery.
Oriel Kyffin Williams is a vital part of the art complex at Llangefni and a fitting memorial to the creative genius that was John Kyffin Williams.
David Meredith, Chairman of the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust said “As a Trust we are proud that we have taken the lead in the Sir Kyffin centenary celebrations, Sir Kyffin, so deserving of our admiration as an artist and as a person. We wish to thank all those galleries, institutions and companies that are participating in the centenary events.”