Aberglasney Gardens hosts ‘Art in the Mansion’ series

Andrew Douglas-Forbes is the latest artist to exhibit at the historic Welsh venue

Image: Nigel McCall

With its 500-year-old mansion and expansive grounds encompassing walled and sunken gardens, a yew tunnel and a cloistered space bounded by a three-sided stone arcaded walkway, Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire, Wales, is a truly special place to witness the changing of the seasons. Now, the Welsh artist Andrew Douglas-Forbes has taken inspiration from the advent of autumn to create a series of paintings that he will exhibit as part of Aberglasney’s ‘Art in the Mansion’ series.  

Image: Nigel McCall

One of a busy programme of exhibitions running from March until November, Douglas-Forbes’ show features a selection of what he describes as “poems in paint” – pieces that evoke the feeling of repose that the end of summer brings. Painted in the unrestored rooms of the mansion, the works are influenced by the acute sense of history at Aberglasney, and will in some cases be displayed in the context in which they were created (for example, a painting of a Welsh dresser will be exhibited on top of that very piece of furniture).

‘The Chair’ by Andrew Douglas-Forbes

Together, the artworks offer an intense sensory experience, enhanced by the presence of an array of flowers gathered from the gardens, as well as paying tribute to Aberglasney’s past and present.

‘Pink Roses’ by Andrew Douglas-Forbes

Andrew Douglas-Forbes’ autumn exhibition runs from 27 October until 2 November at Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

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