Description & Technical information

South Stack II is a painting by the highly regarded Welsh landscape painter Sir Kyffin Williams. Williams is best known for his passion
for the rugged landscape of North Wales, and this particular piece depicts Holy Island in Anglesey. It is a wonderful reserve made up
of heathland and farmland set on a stretch of dramatic sea cliffs which face the islets of South Stack. In spring, guillemots, razorbills and puffins breed on the iconic cliffs. 

In this painting Williams has captured the drama of a stormy night’s sky. Using thick impasto, he has rendered the dense collection of full, dark clouds that partly obscure the bright white moon.  His two-tone palette
enhances the contrast between light and dark, between the moon and the sky which is then reflected for a second time on the water’s surface.

Williams’ dark, monumental paintings of the North Welsh landscape and the people who lived and worked there, are instantly recognizable images and this work is no exception. Once determined on an artistic course, Williams’ passion for work was all-consuming and there was never any question as to subject matter, with the landscape before him demanding to be drawn or painted.

Period:  20th century
Origin:  British
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 88.9 x 119.4 cm (35 x 47 inches)
Provenance: 

Private Collection, United Kingdom



Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints