Kit Glaisyer

Kit Glaisyer

Oil Painting

BOS Venue 19

Kit Glaisyer is in a new studio following the fire at St Michael’s Studios. He works in the Romantic tradition with his Cinematic Landscape series of paintings of West Dorset, creating immersive, panoramic vistas that engage the viewer in an emotional relationship with the natural environment, in an evocative dreamscape where light, darkness and a transcendent experience of nature is experienced. He featured in the 2012 Portrait Prize at Bath’s Holburne Museum; exhibited a retrospective of 45 paintings at the Octagon Gallery in Bath in 2013; was Highly Commended at the Marshwood Arts Awards, Bridport Arts Centre, in 2015 and ran the Garden Gallery – a project space in Bath in 2017.

Bridge House, Higher Street, Bradpole, Bridport, DT6 3HZ

From Bridport, head north towards Beaminster. Before Colfox School turn right at the Kings Head pub; follow road as it snakes around; turn right onto Higher Street and continue to house on right at end of street, on the corner of Forsters Lane. From Beaminster turn left before Gore Cross roundabout at Townsend Way, then right at Mangerton Lane which connects to Higher Street. From Loders & Nettlecombe, enter Bradpole over little bridge, house is on left after Forsters Lane junction.

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10am – 5pm every day

 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 /14 /15 /16  September

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Photo: © Pete Millson 2018.
Phone: 07768 077353 (UK).
17 August 2018.
Bridport Open Studios.

Can you give a brief history of your art practice?
“I started out as a ‘plein air’ painting, going out into the countryside and painting water colours alongside my father (both my parents are talented artists). I then started painting in oils, went to Art College, then went to London, where I became an Abstract painter, eventually showing my work in a Gallery on the Kings Road, in Chelsea. When I returned to Dorset I began to explore more figurative and narrative approaches to painting, and inevitably came back to painting the landscape. I’ve got a 4-minute Video introduction to my Cinematic Landscape series of paintings on my website and on Youtube.”
How would you describe the process by which your artwork takes shape?
“My commissioned paintings tend to take from 6 to 8 months to complete. I do lots of preparatory works, walking around the area I’m going to paint, visiting many times, usually waiting for a ‘magic’ moment when the light inspires an idea for an exciting painting. I then build the painting up using multiple glazes of oil paint over many months. This is a very patient process, which utilises the transparent properties of oil paint to create very diverse atmospheric effects within my paintings, in particular, subtle tonal and colour effects, exploring the dramatic interplay of light and dark, as well as encouraging the viewer to relish the sensual and tactile qualities of paint itself.”
Who and what are your greatest artistic influences?
Artists: Constable, Turner, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Canaletto, the Dutch 17th Century Landscape painters, the European Romantic painters, Casper David Friedrich, the American Hudson River School, Corot, Cezanne, Soutine, Van Gogh, Picasso, Edward Hopper, Warhol, Koons, Hirst. Writers: Thomas Hardy, Lewis Carol, CS Lewis, Richard Adams. Film: Wim Wenders, the Coen Brothers, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan.