Will Kemp


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    Will Kemp
    Shorelight
    Limited edition print
    121cm x 31cm (unframed)
    £429.00
    CODE 00010WIKE More Info

Will Kemp

Kemp is recognised as one of the most exciting new talents currently working in his particular genre of landscape art and his spontaneous, instinctive approach to his subject matter is believed to be underpinned by classical 17th Century techniques. Kemp employs something of a minimalist technique in laying down his signature compositions as he strives through every piece to capture the essence of form, colouration and toning within the application of a single brushstroke. This manifests the perception of simplistic lines and an economy of natural form, which underlines the rudimentary qualities that lie within the piece as a complete study.

Kemp champions the administration of oils, harking back to the Renaissance masters and signposting their deep, buttery colours as well as the smell of turpentine as part of their appeal to him, although he’s not beyond introducing acrylics to the compositional equation if the focus demands. As well as Kemp’s reeling off of inspiring names like Velasquez , John Singer Sargent, Whistler, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Joseph Wright of Derby, Turner, Gerhard Richter and Bouguereau as a roll call of the great and good of classical art, he also cites the important influence that cinematography has upon him, especially the work of Darius Khondji, Roger Deakins and Christopher Doyle. 

Based in Cheshire, Kemp remains drawn to the coastal trips of his childhood, and chooses Cornwall for its clarity and quality of light and Scotland for its rawness and what he refers to as its untouched beauty. Kemp exhibits on both a local and national basis, including prestigious venues such as the Mall Galleries in London and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition and in terms of industry plaudits he has won an impressive array of awards including the Sentinal, the Nadfas and the Webberlys painting prizes.