Lot 320 - Aidan Myers - Banana Leaf Forms XIV
Oil on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
b. 1992 Stoke On Trent, UK
Aidan Myers is an early career artist based in Cardiff, Wales working between painting and drawing. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design graduating in 2014; subsequently he worked at the Art School’s ‘Inc Space’ for a 2-year studio placement.
In 2021 Myers was a recipient of the Artist Support Pledge ‘Surfaces Award’, which led to being part of a group show at Hastings Contemporary, his first museum exhibition. Notably in 2018 Myers travelled to India for a 3-month artist residency at the Aamir Art House in Goa, which has formed the direction to his most recent work. In 2017 Myers won first prize at the Oriel CRiC Open in Wales.
Myers has held solo shows in Cardiff (2021, 2018 & 2016) and Stroud (2016).
2011-14 – BA Hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales (First Class with honours)
2021 Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘Encounters’, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Cambium)
2018 The Sustainable Studio, ‘Labyrinth’, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2017 Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, ‘Small Works’, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Line Gallery - Stroud Visual Arts, ‘New Matter’, Stroud UK
2016 Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘Manoeuvred Matter’, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2023 Ty Pawb, ‘Horizon Garden’, Wrexham, Wales, UK
2022 Terrace Gallery, ‘Wish You Were Here’, London, UK
2021 Hastings Contemporary, ‘A Generous Space’, Hastings, UK
The Godown, ‘BUKA BUKA’ (Open Books), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2019 Fringe Arts Bath Festival, 'SELF', Bath, UK
2018 The National Eisteddfod of Wales, CAV/UHL, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2017 Oriel CRiC, ‘Crickhowell Open Art’, Crickhowell, Wales, UK
2016 Curious Duke Gallery, ‘Insert Art Here’, London, UK
2015 Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘MADE from the Museum’, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2014 Elysium Gallery, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as…’ BEEP Painting Prize, Swansea, Wales
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
My practice is painting and drawing based. Different outlooks on landscape form my process including: environmental climate concerns; the benefits and hopeful outlook of landscape through re-wilding; rhythms and cycles of landscape seasons and the co-existence of humans within the environment.
These images are formed around the motif of the banana plant, which has been a re-occurring subject within my work since travelling to India in 2018. I found a lasting connection with the banana plant form; it has taken on the resonance of a figure within my compositions, playing a central focus in the images. Their forms are delicate, somewhat abstracted, spiralling from a central column to produce these dominant, distinct structures. They describe fragility of living as much as the opportunity of prospering.
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