Constable Oriel Parc Pembrokeshire

For a few months more and until September this year John Constable’s “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831” is on display at Oriel Parc in St David’s Pembrokeshire.  Oriel y Parc will be the third of six venues across the UK to display this important ‘six footer’ which was recently purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Manton Foundation, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.

Constable famously wrote “Painting is but another word for feeling” and standing in front of the huge work last week I was struck by the level of detail, mood and movement within the painting created by unusual application and flecking of paint. This painting had a huge impact at the time it was unveiled and came in for a lot of criticism too!  Hard to imagine!

John Constable was born and brought up in what is now known as “Constable Country” in East Bergholt in Suffolk.  His father was a prosperous corn merchant but it is said that John Constable wanted to be an artist from a very young age.   He sounds an extraordinary man, a unique artist and there are many famous quotes we know and love today – “We see nothing truly until we understand it” and  “There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, – light, shade, and perpective will always make it beautiful” spring to mind.

The various themes within the painting include “Weather” “Politics” “Religion” “Emotional Landscape”

Oriel Parc is easily found on the left as you enter St Davids from Solva.

Opening hours:

March to October
Visitor Centre: 9.30am – 5pm daily

Gallery: 10am – 4pm daily

It is well worth a visit and there is a great little garden centre nearby too plus of course an exhibition by Graham Sutherland in the rear of the gallery space.  Less than an hour from Old Oak Barn.