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Tributes paid to 'unique' artist
Peter Prendergast
Mr Prendergast was described as an 'inspirational' teacher
Tributes have been paid to "influential" artist and lecturer Peter Prendergast, who has died aged 60.

Dr Haydn Edwards, principal at Coleg Menai in Bangor, Gwynedd, said the artist would be remembered for his energy, and his innovative approach.

Mr Prendergast's own work was widely exhibited inside and outside Wales.

Friend and fellow artist Leslie Jones described him as a "fiery" character, but a good man who believed deeply in how he saw the world.

He added: "He had a very personal and unique way, and although we did clash it was never in a vicious way, and he was a good man.

"He was an excellent teacher, who was very good at explaining himself."

Peter Prendergast's Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1993. Copyright: National Museum Wales.

Mr Prendergast, who died on Sunday, was born in Abertridwr near Caerphilly, and described himself as "half Welsh, half Irish".

He had studied at Cardiff College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

'Energetic'

After moving to north Wales he taught at Bethesda before becoming a lecturer at Bangor.

"His former students loved him, respected him and he inspired many," added Mr Jones.

"Many walked away when he taught them only to come back to him later."

Mr Prendergast had made an outstanding contribution to the education service in Wales, said principal Dr Edwards.

He had been an inspiration to hundreds of art students at foundation and higher education level in Coleg Menai.

He added: "His legacy is his influential and innovative artistic work and his former students and colleagues will remember him as an energetic and visionary teacher and a friend."




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