"Kit French - Assorted Work"

An Exhibition of Paintings by Kit French



From Tuesday 18th June to Sunday 30th June 2013

Kit French is an Irish born classical painter who trained in Italy at Charles H. Cecil Atelier. This studio educates its students in the sight-size technique, which has been used throughout art history by such painters as Velasquez, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Lawrence and many others. The canvas is placed alongside the model, the artist stands back at a fixed point and makes all his decisions from that point, then advances which gives work breadth and impact.

French says of his work, I am interested in breadth, the way that light lifts to create form and repose. The work tries to reflect those fleeting moments, when nature shows those small passages of extreme beauty and wonder. I find the act of working from life a deeply profound one. To witness those mercurial happenings of emotion and light, an affirmation of why one does anything and a curious response to the decision to paint. The work on show is a collection of ideas and thoughts that I have had over the last year and a half, a time that I spent working with models and nature, seeing what we could come up with, and enjoying the trials and tribulations that working in this method brings.

Since returning to Ireland, Kit has been working as a professional painter, taking commissions, showing in galleries and selling his work to private collectors here and abroad. He was selected on two separate occasions by the RHA and was also in the final exhibition of the Davy Portrait. In 2008 he was awarded the Niccolo Caracciolo Drawing Award by the RHA.

Opening Reception: Tuesday 18th June 2013