Ernest Zobole

Ernest Zobole (1927 - 99), whose artist output depicting the industrial Rhondda Valley, spanned half a century, remains one of Wales' most important artists.
Ernest Zobole was born in April 1927 in the industrial Ystrad Rhondda to parents who had emigrated from Southern Italy in around 1910.
He was educated at Porth Grammar School and spent five years training at Cardiff College of Art, after serving with the British army in Palestine and Egypt. Zobole taught at Llangefni in Anglesey from 1953 for four years, but found the area desolate and featureless and soon returned home to the Rhondda. In 1957 he taught at a Church in Wales school in Aberdare for two years and then moved closer to home by taking up a post at the County Secondary School in Treorchy.
From 1963 Zobole was based at Newport College of Art, where he would remain until his retirement. In 1965 he won a bursary from the Welsh Arts Council and in 1974 was commissioned for a painting for the foyer of the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Zobole took early retirement from teaching in 1984, after which he was able to concentrate solely on his painting. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Swansea in 1996.
He died in 1999. He was awarded a posthumous doctorate by the University of Glamorgan in 2001.



37 x 64 cm
Mixed media
sold


Mixed media
30 x 38 cm
sold


Mixed media
33 x 50 cm
sold




Oil pastel
23 x 31 cm
sold


Mixed media
27 x 13 cm
1150


Oil pastel
35 x 26 cm
sold



From inside No 1
Oil
106 x 168 cm
8750

House exterior and figure
Oil
75 x 100cm

Self portrait with dog in interior
Oil
120 x 90cm



From Flat No 11
Oil
75 x 100cm

House and exterior
Oil
90 x 120cm

House and exterior No 4
Oil
75 x 100cm



Village at night with moon
Oil
125 x 90cm
sold

About a landscape I
Mixed media
50 x 36cm

About a landscape II
Mixed media
46 x 67 cm



About a landscape III
Mixed media
12 x 18cm

About a landscape IV
Mixed Media
27 x 36cm
sold

Figure and dog
Mixed Media
20 x 25cm



About a landscape V
Oil pastel
27 x 33cm

Figure and chapel
Mixed media
19 x 38cm
sold

Figure at night
Mixed media
24 x 23cm
sold



Street in Ystrad at night
Mixed Media
31 x 46cm

Landscape painting No3
Oil on canvas
150 x 180cm
sold

Figure in front of a church
Oil on board
93 x 122cm
sold



House and landscape No7
Oil on canvas
75 x 100cm
sold

About the inside and landscape No8
Oil on canvas
70 x 91cm
sold

From Flat No 11
Oil
100 x 75 cm



Landscape at night with figure
Oil on canvas
126 x 100cm


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