Born in Carmarthenshire, the 'Garden of Wales' in 1948, Vyvyan very early on realised that Art in some form or another would play an important part in his life. Following a Pre-Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at the old Llanelli School of Art, he went on to study graphic design at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design in Bromley between 1968-1971.
Following a brief time in London, Vyvyan eventually settled in Cardiff and whilst he continued to have a strong passion to paint, he found little time to pursue this interest whilst practising as a graphic designer. However, a change in direction has finally materialised and it is exciting to be able to rekindle the enthusiasm he had for painting many years ago.
This recent transformation has enabled Vyvyan to be creative in a very different way. By using a very different medium, no computers just simply a canvas, oil paints and a collection of palette knives, he finds the whole experience so refreshing and at the same time, so inspiring.
Based on scenes along the Welsh coastline, 'Hiraeth' plays a major part in the theme of his work and it is the sense of being so much part of a place that brings him closer to his roots. It is very compelling and although each place is unique, they all have a distinctive character and that is what motivates him to paint.
As a result, his first collection of contemporary paintings are currently being exhibited at The St Brides Gallery in Saundersfoot and at The Architects Gallery, Teddington, London.