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Ken Elias is one of the leading artists living and working in South Wales. Over the last forty years, he has produced an impressive body of acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, as well as photomontage and mixed media works. Born in Glynneath towards the end of the Second World War, he represents a new generation of artists, of working-class origin, whose childhood was formed in the Fifties and who went to art school in the heady Sixties. He is an artist who, whilst remaining deeply rooted in the visual culture of South Wales, and the Valleys in particular, has always been responsive to and reflecting of the wider world. This complexity has been enhanced by his early experiences of cinema which, together with his love of art and poetry and employment of memory and imagination, informs his striking images.