Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Ynysybwl Rugby Star Naomi Shows Her Artistic Style

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

It’s been quite a few weeks for rugby-playing artist Naomi Davies. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The 22-year-old University of South Wales (USW) student was a member of the Ynysybwl team that won the Bowl Final at the WRU Women’s Super Cup Finals Day on May 21, beating Gorseinon 11-5. Naomi also plays competitively for the USW team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Having just recovered from her exertions, Naomi then had to take life a bit more slowly to get ready to showcase her skills at USW’s Art Practice Degree Show, which is being held at the University’s Treforest campus between June 3 and June 8. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Naomi has a keen interest in portraits and human features, with the work of Jackson Pollock just one of her many influences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Naomi playing for Ynysybwl ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“My previous artwork has been built from the theme of beauty, and how the ideal beauty is conceived through the eye of the beholder,” she said. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Gender and the representation of the female has also been a key element of my work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Basing my art practice on the human face, I will show various compositions using students that are currently on my course. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I will focus on painting and how I can manipulate the paint in diverse ways to create contemporary works of art.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

After graduating from USW, Naomi plans to go on to study for a PGCE and then become an art teacher. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Art Practice Degree Show will be at USW’s Oriel y Bont and Kidwelly building, on Treforest Campus. The Opening Launch is between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, June 3, it will then be open from 10am until 4pm between Saturday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 8. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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