Ken Irvin: artist

Ken Irvin is an artist painting in oils, watercolour and pastel. His work is based on reality, but he is not a photographic realist, he is more concerned that the image produced is about the impression created by the sensations of light and atmosphere.

"My paintings are my representations of real places and people in a specific time and place. Much of the reality is filtered out or given an exaggerated importance. The subject is still there in my paintings and drawings but the image is my interpretation of what I see before me. It is an equivalent image. There is no pretension; it is what it is, an arrangement of marks on paper or canvas."

Ken’s subjects are many and varied but he takes great joy and finds rich inspiration in the landscapes and seascapes of the beautiful south west of England where he lives. In particular the coast of Devon and Cornwall provides an extensive source of material. He also enjoys the demanding discipline of drawing and painting portraits as well as the human figure and for Ken this is about capturing the individual and expressive character of the individual rather than creating a photographic representation.   ...more

 

"As I paint I usually have a very clear idea of how the finished painting will look. This is certainly true when working directly from the figure or a landscape. However, with other paintings I will start with the germ of an idea, perhaps based on a sketch, a photograph and/or the memory of an event, and I will just let it happen as I respond to the paint and explore the idea. Often I will build layers of paint as the picture grows. This process can take some time; weeks, months or even years and so I will usually work on several pieces at the same time and allow them to cross pollinate each other."

His current project is to create a series of full length portraits of key figures in the life of Bishopsteignton village: "This project will certainly keep me occupied for some years to come as there are many potential subjects in the village."

Ken has work in private collections throughout the world and following the success of his recent solo exhibition he is currently planning his next showing.

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Sunlit Canal Venice oil-on-canvas
Campo San Angelo oil on canvas
Trafalgar Square Rain oil on canvas
Electric Blue pastel on paper
Flying Home oil on canvas
The Publican oil on canvas
Late swim oil on canvas
Santa Maria della Salute oil on canvas
Rain and Sun Exeter oil on canvas
Morning Light oil on canvas
Kaye in the Garden oil on canvas
San Georgio Venice oil on canvas
Gabby oil on canvas
Shaldon Light oil on canvas
Sleeping Figure pastel on paper
St Ives Summer oil on canvas
Sunset Austria oil on canvas
Colaton Fishachre oil on canvas
Sun on Water oil on canvas
Surfing Florida oil on canvas
Daydreaming pastel on paper
The Ship Exeter oil on canvas
Zoe in the Pucci Dress oil on canvas
Bridget oil on canvas
Lisa Watercolour and body colour
Sunlit Canal Venice oil on canvas

Sunlit Canal Venice

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 26cm, height 36cm

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Campo San Angelo oil on canvas

Campo San Angelo

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 36cm, height 46cm

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Trafalgar Square Rain oil on canvas

Trafalgar Square in the Rain

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 100cm, height 80cm

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Electric Blue pastel on paper

Electric Blue

Pastel on paper

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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Flying Home oil on canvas

Flying Home

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 100cm

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The Publican oil on canvas

The Publican

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 100cm

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Late swim Florida oil on canvas

Late Swim

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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Santa Maria della Salute oil on canvas

Santa Maria Della Salute

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 30cm

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Winter Sunrise

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 40cm

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Rain and Sun Exeter oil on canvas

Rain and Sun Exeter

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 36cm

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Carnival Mask

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 50cm

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Cathedral Green, Exeter

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 30cm

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Evening Sun

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 44cm, height 40cm

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Il Redentore, Venice

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 30cm

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Josephine

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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Linda

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 50cm

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Misty Morning River Teign

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 30cm

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Red Sail Teign Estuary

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 30cm

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Ringmore, Morning Light

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 30cm

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Sunset Over River Teign

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 60cm, height 50cm

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Teignmouth Beach

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 46cm

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Still Waters

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 25cm, height 25cm

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Morning Light oil on canvas

Morning Light

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 45cm

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Kaye in the Garden oil on canvas

Kaye in the Garden

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 100cm

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San Georgio Venice oil on canvas

San Georgio, Venice

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 40cm

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Gabby oil on canvas

Gabby

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 33cm, height 40cm

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Shaldon Light oil on canvas

Shaldon Light

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 30cm

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Sleeping Figure pastel on paper

Sleeping Figure

Pastel on paper

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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St Ives Summer oil on canvas

St Ives Summer

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 40cm

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Sunset Austria oil on canvas

Sunset Austria

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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Colaton Fishachre oil on canvas

Colaton Fishacre

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 50cm

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Sun on Water oil on canvas

Sun on Water

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 50cm

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Surfing Florida oil on canvas

Surfing

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 50cm

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Daydreaming pastel on paper

Daydreamer Pastel

Pastel on paper

Original size: width 30cm, height 40cm

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The Ship Exeter oil on canvas

The Ship Exeter

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 40cm

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Zoe in the Pucci Dress oil on canvas

Zoe in the Pucci Dress

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 50cm, height 100cm

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Bridget oil on canvas

Briget

Oil on canvas

Original size: width 40cm, height 50cm

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Lisa Watercolour and body colour

Lisa

Watercolour

Original size: width 10cm, height 12cm

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