Born in London in 1936, Terry Setch studied at the Slade School
of Fine Art, London. While at college took part in the Young
Contemporaries exhibitions in 1957, 1959 and 1960 in the RBA
Galleries, London. In June 1964 he became Senior Painting lecturer
at Cardiff College of Art. Setch was elected as a Royal Academician
In 1964 Setch moved to Penarth, a suburb of Cardiff on the Severn
Estuary. The new surroundings fuelled the evolution of his work.
New abstract paintings are fed with beach detritus, creating a
fusion between synthetic and natural materials. Daily trips to
Penarth beach collecting flotsam and jetsam rejected by the
estuary's tide are then combined with more traditional media such
as oil paint, coloured wax or naturally sourced kaolin.
"I have been using the pollution of the local beach, particularly
the plastic detritus, as my major subject since the mid-1970s, long
before concern about the damage caused by the ubiquitous,
non-biodegradable plastic became widespread in this country."