Thirty by thirty – paintings by Dorian Spencer Davies



First published in What's on by

From mid-August to Mid-September the front area of the White Lion Street Gallery in Tenby will host a special exhibition of 30 small paintings by local artist Dorian Spencer Davies. The exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of Dorian’s graduation as an art student at Dyfed College, Carmarthen and the start of his career in illustration in London.

Dorian worked with several publishing houses including 12 years with Dorling Kindersley. His specialised training in natural history and botanical illustration stood him in good stead as illustrator for children’s and educational books. In due course he returned to Pembrokeshire, where he was brought up, settling for many years in Tenby as a freelance artist and illustrator.

He had by then developed an instantly recognisable personal style of painting: he used watercolours and every technique associated with the medium, combined with Indian ink outlining; with a strong basis in drawing he confidently twisted, stretched and contorted the perspectives of his scenes to produce jumbles of harbour side houses, curvy horizons and rounded hills. It’s a deceptively simple look which relies on mathematical precision to be successful.

There will be 30 original paintings featuring places in South Wales – the beaches and cliffs of Rhossilli Bay, Rickets Head and Barafundle, the harbour towns of Saundersfoot, Porthgain and Tenby, and boats, moons, sun and snow, historical and artisan buildings and landmarks.

Joyful, colourful, clever – the paintings of Dorian Spencer Davies appeal to all ages and are frequently commissioned for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Along with the £300 originals will be some strictly limited editions of reproduction prints and greetings cards. Dorian will be available from

2 to 4 pm on Saturday 16th August for anyone who wishes to meet him informally at the gallery. Everyone is invited.

The gallery is free and open from10am till 5pm every day except for Wednesdays. For further information telephone 01834-843375 or see the exhibition on the website

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