We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe , to learn, to grow, to love...and then we return home.
Hello and thank you for visiting my web site.
I am a painter, art historian and writer based in Swansea, south Wales and I am an arts professional in as much as I have a PhD in the history of art and have taught the subject at university level. I do not produce art for my main income. I have very rarely entered competitions, or taken part in exhibitions because of restrictions of time but now as my teaching commitments are less I feel I can now concentrate on painting. The Welsh Art Exhibition, staged by the Welsh Government at the Senedd in June, 2015 was my last exhibition.
I have been painting since 1989 although the real intensity has manifested itself when, in 2013, I became obsessed with plein-air painting andthis engagement with the natural world is essential for me. I have a love of poetry and often the studio paintings are also linked to my own haiku style writings.
If you should come across a rather disheveled painter working on Swansea beach please come and say hello- it would be nice to meet you.
Please note: site under construction. For more information' or if you are interested in purchasing a picture, please contact me at:
Dr. Barry Plummer
Dr. Barry Plummer is an art historian, writer and painter. He is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and a researcher on the Beacon Research Project, currently researching Old Master paintings from the Richard Glynn Vivian Bequest at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. He was Chair of the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery between 2008 and 2011 and 2009 organiser and chairman of the Sir Leslie Joseph prize for young artists born or living in Wales.
In 1992 he gave up a career as a training adviser to the Construction Industry Training Board to embark on a journey of artistic discovery. The journey has taken him from a degree in visual art, to study as a post-graduate student at the Courtauld Institute, London and in 2006 being awarded a PhD. by the University of Wales, for his thesis on the Swansea born artist Evan Walters. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Studentship Award from the Friends of the National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff to further his research on Evan Walters.
He has worked at various levels in art education having been a craft instructor to handicapped children and adults; art history lecturer at Swansea College of Further Education, Trinity College, Carmarthen, DACE, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University. Also external PhD. adviser and examiner.
In 2005 he was a contributor to the book Drawn from Wales: a history of the Swansea School of art. He was the editor, in 2011, of the book, Evan Walters: Moments of Vision. In the autumn of 2010 he acted as an adviser on Evan Walters for the BBC One Wales programme, Framing Wales. In 2012 he was consultant to a BBC One Wales art programme that featured Evan Walters. Together with Professor Robert Pepperall, he was a founder member of the ‘As Seen’ research programme, a collaboration between Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, the National Museum and Galleries of Wales and Tate Britain. The ‘As Seen’ project’ is investigating the process of recording visual perception and the link between vision science and art by British artists from 1930s until the present day.
Currently he is setting up a free at point of use web-site which will feature all his research on Evan Walters and also, in conjunction with poet Byron Beynon, he is writing a book on the Llanelli born artist, J. D. Innes entitled Beauty most Wild.
His principal aim for the future is to bring the work of historic Welsh artists to the notice of a wider public and to develop as a painter.