About Gwyn


Gwyn is an artist specialising in portrait and landscapes, commission pieces, originals and giclee prints. He paints predominantly in oils, and occasionally in acrylic and gouache.

Gwyn has been painting professionally since the early eighties when he completed art college.

He began his career as a freelance illustrator whilst still at college, and as an adult student he completed his 3-year National Diploma in 2 years. In the past he has worked on a wide variety of subjects and media, but now focuses predominately on landscapes and portraiture. He works on both canvas and panel, and the works he has produced to date, vary in size from a small 9’’x 12” panel to a large 12’ x 4’ canvas triptych.

Gwyn was initially represented by Gary Mills of Allied Artists, Regent Street London 1983-1995 and was then represented by Maggee Barge of Pink Barge, London 1995- 2002 Maggee was reputed to own one of the top London illustrator agencies, and had only 12 illustrators on her books, including top American illustrator/artists -Bernie Fuches and World Renowned Illustrator /Fine Artist – Robert Heindel, who was famous for his ballet paintings.

Gwyn’s work has been greatly influenced by American illustrators, this in turn has led to numerous radio and television interviews over his career. Through research in oil techniques, materials, and recipes he has been active in lecturing and holding demonstrations to various art societies and groups.

His extensive research has led him to experiment with producing his own varnishes with the use of damar crystals, and his techniques involve layering glazes, often up to 20 x to achieve the desired effect. He uses Italian oil paints, and predominately uses museum quality, stretched canvases, linen canvases and makes his own gessoed panels.

Gwyn moved from Wales to New Zealand, residing in the South Island, and is establishing himself here, in both portrait and landscapes art. Since he has been living in New Zealand, he has produced a range of South Island landscapes which reflect his love of the spectacular New Zealand scenery. He has created stunning portraits, each telling a unique story of the sitter’s character and spirituality. He has a desire to create art which has the ability to draw both himself and others into a scene and a moment in time, which may evoke a strong sensation of ‘wanting to be there’.


  • Certificate in Carpentry & Joinery

  • City & Guilds of London

  • Graduated from College of Art – Wrexham 1980-1982

  • Diploma in Illustration & Design


  • Bradford Exchange

  • Sain Records

  • Lion Publishing-Oxford

  • TV Times

  • Central Television

  • Longman

  • Pan

  • WM Collins

  • John Hine Studios

  • Hodder & Stroughton

  • Readers Digest

  • BBC Records

  • Mac Millans Publishing

  • Bodley Head

  • Book Club Associate

  • Welsh Books Council

  • WM Collins Children’s Books

  • Mc Donalds & Co

  • Oxford University Press

  • Futura Books

  • HQ Publishing

  • Women’s Realm

  • Woman & Home

  • Bella

  • Women’s Weekly

  • PUNCH – (1 of 4 illustrators
    chosen to work on the relaunch
    of PUNCH Magazine)

  • Aret Runt

  • Norsk Frolag

  • Richters Frolag

  • Hjemmets Bokforlag

  • VI Menn

  • Sondags Forlag

  • Hemmet Veckotidning

  • Konny van Kesteel

  • Phoenix Design

  • LBW Ltd

  • Studio 21

  • Scott Stern

  • CSS Design

  • Jackson Thomas

  • Delwynthers Graphics

  • Academy Design

    COMMISSIONS include:

  • Portrait of Lord Cledwyn Hughes of Penrhos for the University of Wales – Cardiff

  • Portrait of Sir Bryn Terfel CBE – World renowned Bass/Baritone Opera singer

  • Royal Sussex Yacht Club – Brighton

  • Roman Bath Museum – Bath

  • Portrait of Dan Maskell – Voice of Wimbledon Tennis Championships

  • Portrait of Christie O’Connor Senior – Irish International Golf Champion (Himself)

  • London Contemporary Art Company – for ocean liner Grandeur of the Sea.

  • Portrait of Martz Witty – Martzgroup

  • 12’ x 4’ triptych for boardroom – Martzgroup

       Awards include:

  •  2017: Peters Doig Art Awards                                'Evening Muster 1'

  •  2020: Adam Portrait Awards - People's choice           'Stig and the Taniwha' 

  •  2022: Adam Portrait Awards – Runner up ‘INK - A Portrait of a Creative Soul’