As part of the upcoming Oxfordshire Art Weeks programme, South Stoke resident and contemporary artist Barry Kelly will again be holding an exhibition in the Village Hall on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May, from 11-6pm.
His solo exhibition will host a wide collection of his most recent landscape and seascape paintings. You can expect scenes of local buildings, farmhouses and the surrounding countryside, alongside signature seascapes of the Southwest coastline.
Barry will also be painting live on site, with a temporary studio set up. Do come along and quiz him on his techniques, see this lovely work and soak up the atmosphere of a beautiful Oxfordshire Summer’s day celebrated in paint… and perhaps a glass of bubbly to boot!
Barry's work is exhibited in numerous galleries across the country as well as various art fairs including the Affordable Art fair in Battersea, London. Please visit his website to see details of other upcoming exhibitions across the year.
As a contemporary seascape and landscape painter, Barry's aim is not to capture, but to celebrate the place he is painting. The way that light plays across the land and sea has always been a huge inspiration for his work.
Barry grew up on the South Devon coast and much of what he paints is inspired by the exciting lines, dramatic shapes and varying textures of the coastline. His goal is to find the same feeling that made him stop and draw or photograph the scene in the first place.
Photography and sketchbooks play a pivotal role in the developmental process of Barry's painting. On visits to new and familiar places he sketches, makes notes (such as tide times, sea state, weather conditions and OS map references) and takes photographs that will later influence a series of works on paper and canvas.
Having moved to rural Oxfordshire, Barry is greatly inspired by the rolling landscape around the Thames river and beyond. His work aims to celebrate this beautiful scenery, whilst reflecting the energy and dynamism of the environment.