Leading Artist Donates Painting to Plaid Cymru Leader

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One of Wales’ most celebrated artists has donated an original artwork to Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood in “support and appreciation for the lonely tough road she has to travel in British politics.

Kevin Sinnott, who has exhibited his work internationally and has created a world-class art gallery in Pontycymmer in the Garw Valley, donated the ten-year-old painting entitled ‘Shelter’ to Leanne earlier this year. She has since gifted it to Plaid Cymru but is currently displaying it on her office wall in Cardiff Bay.

Mr Sinnott’s most famous painting - ‘Running Away with the Hairdresser’ – was bought by the National Museum of Wales so it can be displayed for the nation for years to come. 

Of the painting donated to Leanne, Mr Sinnott said: “The painting is circa 2008.  It’s always the composition that comes first, before even the idea of a flag. The boy/man was sheltering himself under something. As one can see it became a red dragon. My paintings are not profound, I wasn’t commenting on “the last refuge...” etc.

“People can make of the meaning what they want.”

He added: “The gift to Plaid - via Leanne - was a gesture of support and appreciation for the lonely tough road she has to travel in British politics.

“If Wales needs change, Leanne is most likely to deliver. She stands up and faces off snide and decisive attacks.

“Politics is changing in the Valleys. The women of the Rhondda had to be made of steel like their men. Leanne is made of that stuff too. She doesn’t shelter under Y Ddraig Goch, she uses it as a weapon of strength.”

Ms Wood said: “I am very grateful to Kevin Sinnott for his generosity in donating this wonderful work of art.

“Like many of his paintings, the deeper meaning is open to interpretation but the artistry is not in question. To me, this painting signifies compassion, national pride and hope; virtues that characterise the Party of Wales.

“This is an iconic work of art from one of Wales’ most talented artists. Kevin is not just a top-draw artist but he is also a kind and decent human being who I am proud to call a friend.

“I hope this painting will be an asset to Plaid Cymru for years to come.”


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