Artist Frieda's latest exhibition

By Mark Andrews | Newtown | News | Published:

A top London art gallery hosts an exhibition by Mid Wales painter and poet Frieda Hughes next week.

Frieda Hughes

Miss Hughes, from Newtown, is the daughter of former poet Laureate Ted Hughes and celebrated American writer Sylvia Plath.

Her exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery in Ryder Street, St James's, features 100 abstract paintings relating to 100 days of her life.

It represents the first quarter of her My 400 Days collection, where she depicted her inner thoughts and feelings in paint every day from November 2015 to New Year's Eve 2016.

The keen ornithologist will also be showing paintings of owls at the event which runs from Monday to Saturday.

She said My 400 Days followed on from her poetry collection Alternative Values, where she accompanied a poem about each of the first 45 years of her life with an abstract painting.

"The idea that I could paint pictures that corresponded with my feelings about poems fed into the idea that I could paint my experiences for each day," she said.

"I keep a daily written diary, but what would it look like in paint?

"As the months passed, I could see psychological patterns emerging, it became more evident to me which events and commitments gave me joy, and which did not, nad how my thoughts about something relatively unimportant could have a powerful impact on me, whereas a ground-shaking event might leave me unmoved and resolute.

"Never had it been clearer to me that it's not what happens, but how I perceive it and deal with it that affects me most."

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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