The task of compiling the following list of 12 famous Welsh artists had me flummoxed for many an evening. Deciding which artists to include and which to omit was no easy task. Why not include for example Thomas Barker, Edward Owen, Sir Cedric Morris, Nick Evans, Jim Burns or Robert Thomas? All the while I was conscious of there being so much great artistic talent in Welsh art history, not even to mention the gamut of great Welsh contemporary artists. I did not want to forget anybody, but I needed to select just twelve and it was not easy.