Artist – Naomi Tydeman
Naomi Tydeman has been among our favourite artists since we first came across her gallery whilst wandering the streets of Tenby.
Naomi’s skills have been honed over many years, watercolours being her chosen medium. Much of her inspiration has been found in the beauty of Pembrokeshire. The sea, the shores, the rivers and the ever-changing landscape. They are all evident in the work that adorns the walls of her gallery in Cobb lane, where seasoned art lovers gather from all over the world, along with tourists who have been drawn in to admire her work.
This self-taught artist has exhibited all over the world. In 2019 alone, she was invited to show at four International Watercolour Masters Exhibitions in New York, Bulgaria, Taiwan and China. In previous years she has had solo exhibitions in Vicenza, Italy, the Museum of Paper in Fabriano, Italy, the Conservatoire in Reims, France and at Lloyd’s Register in London.’
This is all the more remarkable, considering that Naomi actually failed her art A level and the skills that she has developed, and which have brought her acclaim from a host of art experts were honed at her kitchen table over many years. Her awards include the John Blockley and Frank Herring Award, Debra Manifold Memorial Award, and the Winsor and Newton Prize, not to forget the prestigious Turner, which she achieved in 2013.
I cannot claim to be an art critic, but I know what I like. Anyone who can depict light as an almost living entity has my deepest admiration and it seems obvious to me that Naomi’s work does just that, reflecting the light that can be seen in the rain, in low cloudy skies, in the soft greys and blues of the winter and the startling greens of spring.
Naomi says of Watercolour, “It never ceases to amaze me. It’s unpredictable, spontaneous, independent, adamant and wilful and you have to be in a state of extreme alertness – to make snap decisions, to take risks, to not be afraid to lose something. To accept what’s given and work with it. To let. To watch. To be very present.”
You can find Naomi’s work on her website or at her gallery which has been open since 1998 and which doubles as her studio. There are also a number of delightful videos on YouTube.
You can purchase a print from upward of £30 from her gallery and she also sells greetings cards. Of course, beautiful original pieces of her work can be found there too for a range of prices.
If you are in Tenby, it is well worth a visit.
Naomi Tydeman Gallery
Telephone: 01834 845540