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Alan Kestner

11 Sep - 20 Oct

Free entry
Alan Kestner
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Painter Alan Kestner has lived in Oxford since childhood and can be found, every morning, enjoying a riverside run with his two Lurcher dogs. These morning constitutionals, and, more specifically, the views by the Thames, often provide the landscape or backdrop for the artist’s painted environments. The illustrated environments he paints depict Alan’s feelings about the world around him.

He begins with (what he describes as) a ‘jumbled mess of brushstrokes’ and then gradually works area by area resolving the jumble into separate vignettes from his imagination. At this stage the overall theme starts to emerge. Alan has the belief that art can tell us something about the world. This compels him to visually describe his perspective on society, including both the considerate and not-so-considerate things that we do to each other!

His work has been inspired by naïf painters such as Rousseau, René Rimbert and Fernando Botero. His paintings depict simple and expressive figures against brightly coloured backgrounds. For his show in the Vestry Café gallery, Alan is showing giclée prints of his bold, remarkable paintings.

Alan studied fine art at Newcastle University in the 1960s after which he gained work across a variety of occupations including scientific publishing, teaching and computer programming. In spite of the variety of jobs, painting has never been far away – spare moments were often filled with a brush in hand, but since retiring, Alan is able to (very happily) paint full time!



paintings prints landscape bold vignettes