Brenda Chamberlain...
Works in stock Brenda Chamberlain (1912-1971) was a Welsh artist, writer and poet. She was born at Bangor in north Wales and studied art at the Royal Academy Schools in London from 1931. After marrying her fellow student and artist John Petts (1914-1991) she moved back to Caernarfonshire in 1936 where she and Petts established the Caseg Press, working on some projects in conjunction with the poet Alun Lewis. Chamberlain's marriage ended in 1946 and thereafter she lived for a time in Germany before settling for six years on Bardsey Island, which lies about two miles off the coast of Gwynedd. There, in virtual isolation, she painted and wrote 'The Green Heart' (published 1958). During this time she exhibited regularly at the Gimpel Fils gallery, with the Zwemmer Gallery London 1962, at The Influence of Wales In Painting show at Brighton 1957, and at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. In 1962 Chamberlain settled on the Greek island of Hydra in the Aegean Sea and it is here that she wrote 'A Rope of Vines', an account of her life on Hydra published in 1965. Chamberlain returned to North Wales in the late 1960s and died in Bangor after a period of depression. A memorial exhibition was held at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, in 1973.