Richard Kaye 14th August- 26th August Malthouse Gallery Recent Work 2017-2020

Richard Kaye,
Recent Work 2017-2020
The Malthouse Gallery
Friday 14 th  August – Wednesday 26 th  August
Opening times: 10.30-4.30:
Featuring works by Richard Kaye, including Painting, Printmaking and Drawing
Main Contact for publicity/questions: Richard Kaye – 07958 900 702
or  kayerich@gmail.com
Background and points of interest.
Richard has been living in Ottery St. Mary with his family for over 15 years, moving down
from London to bring his two children up in Devon, close to his parents, who lived in Lyme
Regis. He has a deep love of the area, having lived in both Lyme Regis and Bridport as a
young man.
Prior to moving back down to Devon, Richard had an interesting career in music, which
involved a year touring the world with the rock band Ash as their scratch DJ. During this time
Richard played on the main stage at Glastonbury and appeared on Top of the Pops.
While living in Ottery he also appeared on the TV show Come Dine With Me, which he
thoroughly enjoyed!
Art has always been an important part of Richard’s life, whether it’s been simply sketching a
view or someone who’s fallen asleep on a train, right through to his recent obsession with
painting. This exhibition is focusing on his last 4 years, which have been some of his most
productive.
Richard Kaye – Recent Work (262 words)Richard is candid about enjoying some subject matters which most people and artists would
tend to ignore.

He trained at Bournemouth College of Art where he focussed on drawing and painting.
Taking inspiration from the landscape around him, he has become fascinated by portraying
what he sees in a compelling way.

His last exhibition at the Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis included a series of prints
focussing on station roofs, telegraph poles, trees, scaffolding, communication masts and
cranes. The exhibition was a great success more than doubling the revenue the gallery
expected.

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 hand tints using watercolour. The most recent of these focus on brutalist architecture
and modern buildings. The colours he is using now have moved away from the more
subdued pastel tones toward a brighter complementary range as well as neons. These
images are really angular, edgy and bold. The neon ones even inspired Richard to start a
street wear clothing brand 2_Brutal.
Most recently painting has been the main focus for Richard, becoming totally immersed in
creating a series of abstract landscapes focusing closely on colour balance and composition
to engage the viewer. The landscapes are heavily influenced by the surrounding area,
especially the coastline, seaside towns and cliffs around Lyme Regis. Golden Cap features
clearly in one of the works being shown. Again the colours and shapes have become more
bold, angular and severe in a bid to win the viewers attention.
He has also recently completed a small series of drawings of brutaliust architecture, focusing
mainly on stairways. These are very detailed and realistic which pushed Richard to break
into new techniques within pencil drawing.
Short:

Richard’s show at the Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis has a mix of recent work from
drawings of brutalist architectural subjects through to very bold angular abstract landscapes
painted on a large scale in acrylic. Although varied in medium, you can clearly see that he
has a love for strong compositions and compelling use of colour.
Following on from Richard’s first very successful show at the gallery in 2018, this sees a
growth in confidence and a very refreshing show with striking architectural emphasis.

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