JOHN ROWLAND KAY

watercolourist

the millrind press

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 Ever since I first looked at the work of Rowland Hilder and came across Frank Webb and the other American current watercolourists I have been enthusiastic about and completely wedded to watercolour. I have explored the possibilities of using gouache, acrylic and pastel, including them for best effect. My current work ranges from the figurative to the abstract.  I like to work outside when I can but as I paint throughout the year I rely heavily on my compact camera using only the photos which I have carefully composed.

 A spell of ill health has limited my work and kept me from the world of exhibition and showing.  I am now sufficiently recovered and able to take on demonstrating and considering opportunities for exhibiting.  

Through my art teacher training at Goldsmiths’ and school teaching experience I acquired a great deal of practical knowledge of many crafts, printmaking, printing and bookbinding, technical drawing, wood and metalwork. I regularly use most of these skills in support of my painting and demonstrating. My studies in history of art and graphic design have given me the basis for the lectures  I can offer to art societies.

I have always admired the theory of the “Uomo universale” as described by Leonardo da Vinci although I haven’t managed it yet.



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