The Heat of Summer

Oil on board, signed on verso
Image size: 31 1/2 x 25 inches (80 x 64 cm)


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This is a wonderful work of Pointillism, a technique of painting where small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image. This techniques relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the colour spots into a fuller range of tones. The practice of Pointillism lies in sharp contrast to the traditional methods of blending pigments on a palette.

Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term ‘Pointillism’ was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, but is now used without its earlier pejorative connotations.

Kenneth Walch

Kenneth Walch Born Wimbledon 1927. After school he moved to Australia in the early 1950’s and won a place at the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne where he studied under Murray Griffin until 1953 when he returned to England. He then enrolled at St Martins School of Art where his principal tutor was the Colourist, Fredrick Gore. Gore introduced him to English post impressionism and the use of colour to emphasise the emotional aspects of painting. He then took a diploma in Art teaching and taught in various schools until his retirement.

He has exhibited London at the Royal Academy and the Federation of Painters and Sculptors. His work has also been exhibited in Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong and Ireland with paintings in private collections throughout the world.

His pointillist paintings show his skill at capturing nature in its ever changing forms in a subtle yet vibrant fashion.

Richmond Hill Gallery 1960, 1962, 1965.
Woodstock Gallery, London 1962.
Molesworth Gallery, Dublin 1964.
Virando’s Gallery Richmond 197.
Hof de Bist, Antwerp 1975
Nishiki Gallery, Hong Kong 1988