Rangoli: Art that Binds

Following the success of the 2017 Rangoli: Art that Binds project, as part the India/ Wales season of events with the more >

Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633
Email: desk@orieldavies.org


Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm



Egni a decade of creativity

Eleri Mills

28 September 2019 - 18 December 2019

Image 1 of 5 next >   Y winllan I (Ancestral Landscape I) 2014

Eleri Mills always begins with the land, as she states it; “has always been there”. A farmer’s daughter from the very heart of Wales, Mills is rooted and absolutely connected to, but never constrained by, the land; it is indeed there, but there are many lands in her personal landscape, real and imagined.

During her forty-year plus career there have been many highpoints. However it is during the last ten years that life has enabled Mills to concentrate solely on her work exploring many avenues of creativity, unbounded and with total autonomy. This exhibition surveys her creative journey over the last decade. Works include pieces held in public and private collections, with works on paper and preparatory work, which reveal her process and inspiration.

Today Eleri Mills is prolific in producing works in textile, paint, ink and pencil from her mid-Wales studio, while also restoring a nineteenth century chapel and ecologically supervising the care of her family’s land. She says about her process; “my concern is always dealing with balance and rhythm. It is an intensely physical and gestural process. A form of choreography and personal mapmaking which celebrates an old familiar landscape.” 

Mills is one of Wales' most successful artists. With her deep-rooted connection to the Welsh nature and mystique, her work has, throughout her career, been influenced by the landscape and Bardic tradition of Wales and earned her acclaim throughout Wales, and all around the world.

She has exhibited showing significant works in cities as far afield as Chicago, Kyoto, Łódź, Madrid, Tokyo and New York. Major institutions, including National Museums of Scotland, The Whitworth Art Gallery and The National Library of Wales, have purchased her work for their permanent collections.

As an Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales Ambassador’ in 2011 Eleri has held residencies in Ruthin Craft Centre and Columbia University, New York. Eleri has had a close connection with The National Eisteddfod over the years. Her latest work 'Yn y dyffryn' ('In the valley') premiered at this years Eisteddfod in Llanwrst.