The Topstak Gallery is home to an inspiring and varied collection of original artwork and limited edition prints ranging from £20 upwards.

Country style furniture, vintage Danish leather sofas, classic lights from Louis Poulsen of Denmark and a working Rayburn cooker create an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary. In fact, our gallery really is designed to be a comfortable and relaxed treat!

We are delighted that Stan Rosenthal chose us to exhibit his distinctive work, which includes man of his ionic Welsh landscapes. He lived and painted in many parts of Wales, including Cowbridge, Cardiff and St. David’s in West Wales He then lived in Battle, Sussex with his wife Nicky and their daughter Ibby until he sadly passed away in December 2012. Nicky still runs the delightful studio gallery in Battle.

Stan’s limited edition prints and original paintings are highly regarded by collectors worldwide and also here in Wales. In fact, Her Majesty the Queen has his work in the Royal Collection and there are also examples in the National Assembly for Wales, the European Parliament buildings and the British consulate in Mongolia.

We have a comprehensive selection of his signed limited editions prints priced from £20.00 to £400.00. We also have works by John Brunsdon and other well-known artists that will suit all tastes and budgets.

Our gallery overlooks our popular coffee bar and we also have an interesting selection of artistic and humorous cards, as well as various items for your home and garden.

Stan Rosenthal

Stan Rosenthal was an extraordinary artist. Born in 1933 in London, he wanted to become a painter at the age of nine and continued to create some remarkable works of art in a broad range of distinctive and vibrant styles.

He lived and painted in many parts of Wales ranging from Cardiff, Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan to numerous places in West Wales including St. David’s and Solva. Welsh scenes and landscapes feature in many of his works, some of which are shown in our gallery.

His image of Southerndown overlooking the remains of Dunraven Castle on the Glamorgan heritage coast is a great example of his unique skill and style. Southerndown is about 20 minutes’ drive from Topstak and a great place to visit to see how well Stan has captured the spirit of this location.

Stan moved to Sussex many years ago and has produced some stunning images of that area that clearly show his craftsmanship in show many different subjects in a wide range of colours and shapes to delight the eye.

We also have copies of his well known book called Approaches to Art, which shows much of his work.

Examples of Stan Rosenthal’s work at Topstak

SOUTHERNDOWN

This is a pretty little cove, just beneath the ruins of Dunraven castle on the Heritage Coast in the Vale of Glamorgan, which is not far from Cowbridge. The style of this image gave rise to a series of others.

SNOWDONIA RANGE

This image of the Snowdonia range is taken from many miles away, which allows the artist to capture the stunning landscape and sky in a more traditional style.

SANDY HAVEN

The artist says this image is very much in the British Neo-romantic style, in watercolour, pen and ink. It shows the little haven just beyond the huge oil tanker port of Milford Haven in West Wales. We recently sold one of these limited edition prints to a couple who remember seeing the famous artist Graham Sutherland at the house, as he frequently visited this place.

TRELEDDYD FAWR

This is a hamlet on the Dewisland Peninsula. The little group of cottages and farm buildings sit on the southern slopes of Carnedd Lleithr, and can be seen from the edge of Saint Davids. The road to the left is a green lane, and was once known as 'the road to New York'. It led over the hill to an even smaller hamlet, in which lived a community of Quakers, who hoped to sail to the USA. This image is in a limited edition od serigraphs, also known as silk screen prints.

ABERGLASNEY

This view of Aberglasney from Merlin’s hill shows the famous old house sitting beneath Grongar Hill, with Paxton’s Tower in the background. The house and gardens are being restored to their former glory and are well worth visiting.

BRECON BEACONS

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and splendour rise above the heads of the South Wales Valleys, which were well known for coal mining. This “Beacons” are awe inspiring during sunny day, but quite bleak when cover in winter snow.

TENBY

The artist has produced many images of this old harbour on the Pembrokeshire coast. This one shows the old harbour and part of North Beach below the distinctive and colourful houses.

RYE

The artist lived in the red coloured house on the right in this old town on the south coast near the Romney March in Sussex. The church on the hill is a landmark seen for miles around and the old harbour is in the foreground.

BEACH HUTS

This cheerful image started off from a drawing the artist did at Littlestone, but he says he took the liberty of brightening up the huts themselves. He has produced similar images that compliment this one.