Richard Kaye – Printmaking 2014-2018, 17/08/2018-29/08/2018

Richard is candid about enjoying some subject matter which most people and artists would tend to ignore.

Having trained at Bournemouth College of Art where he focused on drawing and painting. Taking inspiration from the landscape around him, he has become fascinated by portraying what he sees in a compelling way. He has led an interesting life, having a huge passion for music, which led him to tour the world and play on the main stage at Glastonbury.

During his early printmaking career he was totally fixated by drypoint intaglio printmaking and worked in the Double Elephant studio in Exeter. Using copper plates and the traditional hand pulled technique, the work often focuses on bold silhouettes against the sky. This has led him to produce several series of prints focusing on Trees, Telegraph poles, Scaffolding, Communication Masts, Cranes and Scaffolding.

The images tend to be very bold and distinctive, with some of the more urban subjects being somewhat unexpected. Richard takes pleasure in finding strong compositions and angular forms within subjects which are often missed or ignored. Turning these images into highly detailed and intricate prints was the basis of Richard’s introduction to printmaking.

In the last few year’s Richard has started to work on a larger scale, with screen prints which he then hand tints using watercolour. Again the subject matter has remained somewhat out of the ordinary including industrial steel and glass station roofs as well as modern architecture. With these prints he uses a subtle palette of colours to bring intricacy, delicacy and focus to the work.

This series started when Richard was taking photos of Waterloo station roof (which he loves) and realised that each of the panes of glass were slightly different colours. This was probably due to the different ages and types of glass used when individual panes were replaced. It formed the basis for the first series of prints on Waterloo Station, then others followed.

The architectural works are more recent and include modern buildings and tinted glass where again watercolour is used to bring life and form to the work.

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