The Knife Painting of Kyffin Williams

Kyffin Williams (1918–2006) was a Welsh artist who mostly painted with a knife. Slatherings of oil paint, using a limited palette of muted colours and black outlines. His paintings range from minimalist and quite abstract to landscapes full of suggested detail as well as portraits. My favourites are his sheepdogs and seascapes, plus his stone walls.

You can browse a collection of 300-odd paintings on Art UK and many more, plus drawings and sketches, on the National Library of Wales’ centenary website.

Williams, Kyffin; Self Portrait; Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/self-portrait-120020
Williams, Kyffin; Coastal Sunset; Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/coastal-sunset-120543
Williams, Kyffin; Welsh Sheepdog; Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/welsh-sheepdog-120564
Williams, Kyffin; The Way to the Cottages; Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-way-to-the-cottages-120575

There’s a BBC documentary (“The Man Who Painted Wales”) on Kyffin Williams; if you look on YouTube you might find more clips.

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