Valerie Ganz

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Valerie Ganz (1936 – 2015) was a Welsh artist, known for her paintings of South Wales coal miners.[1][2]

Life and work[edit]

Ganz grew up in Mumbles of Swansea. She studied art in Swansea then worked as a teacher and lecturer.[1] In 1973 she left teaching to concentrate full-time on painting.[3]

She developed an interest in the industrial heritage and landscapes of South Wales. During the 1980s she spent several days a week underground at 14 coal mines, sketching the miners at work.[1] Her work was exhibited at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, in 1986.

She held her last major art exhibition in 2010 at the Attic Gallery in Swansea.[1] She is an elected member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.[4]

Fourteen of Ganz's paintings are held in UK public collections, including the National Coal Mining Museum for England, the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Wales.[5]

She died suddenly on 28 September 2015 aged 79, after struggling with ill health.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Price, Karen (30 October 2010). "Artist Valerie Ganz explains her obsession with painting". Wales Online. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ "7 stunning paintings which sum up the lagacy of artist Valerie Ganz". Wales Online. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Valerie Ganz Website". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  4. ^ "List of Members - G - Valerie Ganz". The Royal Cambrian Academy. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. ^ 14 paintings by or after Valerie Ganz, Art UK. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Tributes paid to acclaimed Swansea artist and miners' friend Valerie Ganz, who has died". South Wales Evening Post. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

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