Paul Cezanne Painted Mount Snowdon From This Spot

Field Work (Cornflower)

Ben Risk  “Fieldwork (cornflower)” 2016 oil on panel

In his fifth pop -up exhibition at The Studio, 23 Augusta Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AD Emrys Williams presents “Paul Cezanne Painted Mount Snowdon From This Spot”

Curated by Gordon Dalton

artists ; Lara Davies, Paul Housley, Ben Risk, Phil King, Kiera Bennett, Henny Acloque, Bruce Asbestos, Tom Pitt, Paul Becker, Gordon Dalton.


The exhibition uses a fictional visit by Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne to North Wales where he wished to paint Mount Snowdon, but instead decided on painting Mont St Victoire in Aix (included in National Gallery Wales collection); the premise was used to invite a selection of painters from Wales and UK to Llandudno to explore the landscapes of North Wales and showcase best practice in painting.

“In 1995 I attended an ‘in conversation’ talk with Patrick Heron and Mel Gooding, as part of his Arnolfini show. Heron described a road trip to Aix-en-Provence to see where Cezanne had painted Mount St Victore ( a painting shown to him by his art teacher when he was 13.)

They had driven and walked around for ages but could not quite the right spot. Heron needed to pee and got out of the car, where he urinated on a dusty rock, which once washed with pee, revealed the carved message – ‘Paul Cezanne Painted Mount St Victore from this spot’

My recollection of the story is hazy. I cant find another reference to it but it’s a good story. As there are a number of Mont St Victoire paintings, I don’t know which painting or date. It might be a shaggy dog story but I’m taking Heron’s word for it.

Continuing the story further, the exhibition mythologizes that Cezanne visited Llandudno and North Wales in a quest to paint Snowdon and the surrounding landscape, possibly stopping off to have tea with Alfred Sisley. There is no evidence that it ever happened, but let’s pretend it did for the sake of good story.

The show looks at mythology, art history (fact or fictional), travelling to real and imagined spaces and perhaps more importantly, the abstract inventions and contrasts that a painter brings to a subject or a theme.”

Gordon Dalton


In Conversation” Gordon Dalton and Emrys Williams will discuss the exhibition at the gallery; Saturday 16th September 2017 at 1pm

Gordon Dalton is an artist , curator and writer based in Cardiff.

Private view 6pm to 9pm , Friday 15th September 2017 – All welcome !

The exhibition is open on Saturday 16th September 12-5pm and Sunday 17th September 12-5pm for Llawn weekend

Also open on Thursdays and Fridays 21st, 22nd,28th, 29th September from 1pm to 5pm and weekends by appointment; e mail Emrys at

Lara Davies

Paul Housley

Ben Risk

Phil King

Kiera Bennett :

Henny Acloque

Bruce Asbestos

Tom Pitt

Paul Becker

Gordon Dalton



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