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Kit Glaisyer

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Kit Glaisyer is currently working on a series of inviting ‘path paintings’ and panoramic landscapes that bring a contemporary twist to a contemplation of the Sublime and to the traditional genre of the Romantic landscape. He uses techniques developed over 20 years that involves building up dozens of glazes of oil paint to create powerful evocations of light, space and mood.

Glaisyer grew up in an isolated village in North Dorset, and his landscape paintings evoke childhood memories of an ancient landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys, dark woods and rugged farmland. Without a television in the house, instead he would explore the local countryside, and from an early age went out landscape painting alongside his parents, both talented amateur artists.

Early watercolor paintings evolved to oil sketches on board and then to fully realized oil paintings on canvas and linen. He did his Foundation Studies at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design in 1992, and then studied Fine Art at Farnham (West Surrey College of Art & Design) before moving to London, and sharing a studio with fellow artist Stuart Free and Justin Hibbs.

In London Glaisyer saw the 1995 exhibition “Gerhard Richter: Painting in the 90’s” which acted as a catalyst to radically evolve his work from figurative to abstract ‘process painting’. He also moved south to share the Blue Chapel Studios with artist Rufus Knight-webb in Camberwell, and then helped start the Long Lane Studios in Borough, South London. Glaisyer then produced a distinctive body of Abstract 'process paintings’ that he exhibited at Suzanne Ruggles Gallery on the Kings Road, Chelsea.

From 2002-4 Glaisyer was co-Director of the artist-run Artoose Gallery in Belsize Park, alongside artist Douglas McDougall. In April 2010 Glaisyer published a book on the Bridport art scene, with photographer George Wright and writer Lu Orza called "Portrait of the Artist - 25 Bridport Painters & Sculptors". In October of 2012 Glaisyer was a finalist and exhibitor in the Holburne Portrait Prize at the Holburne Museum, Bath. He is currently working on a book of Contemporary Landscape Painting.

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