BEAUTIFUL oil paintings by an academy artist are on show in Tenby this month.

To coincide with the town’s Arts Festival, the White Lion Street Gallery has invited Gerald Dewsbury, an elected member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, to show his work.

The wilder places of Wales form the basis of Gerald’s work – from the peaks and forests of Snowdonia southwards to the least known reaches of Pembrokeshire’s coasts, estuaries and hills.

Gerald, though born in Kent, lived in Nottinghamshire in his formative years and began his education and subsequent career in art by studying at Mansfield College of Art.

He undertook his BA in Falmouth in Cornwall during which time he was selected to exhibit in an inter-college exhibition at the Royal Academy and for the David Murray Scholarship for landscape painting.

Since his move to North Wales he has exhibited in numerous prestigious galleries in England and Wales, won various prizes including being made joint winner of the National Welsh Eisteddfod Exhibition (1989), and having his work purchased for public collections.

Since 1881 the Royal Cambrian Academy has been a centre for artistic excellence in Wales with potential members presenting their work and effectively being elected by existing academicians. Gerald was elected in 2003 and regularly shows work in the Academy exhibitions.

Gerald’s preoccupation with the landscape, the changes made in it and its future has been his abiding interest since his art student days. He makes his point in paint, using incredible detail and subtle messages. Once having spotted a tiny out-of-place object, or realised a connection, it is difficult for the viewer not to examine all of his work very closely, seeking not only to understand and appreciate this consummate artist’s skill but also his philosophy.

The exhibition runs until September 28. The gallery is open from 10am until 5pm every day except for Wednesday. To see this exhibition and all the other work in the gallery view the website and for any further information call 01834 843375.