Saturday, 18 September 2021

Townscape a homage to Spanish work

A NEW townscape painting by Watlington artist James Kelso has been released.

A NEW townscape painting by Watlington artist James Kelso has been released.

Gran Via, Watlington is an acrylic work, measuring 81cm by 81cm, on a prepared gessoed panel. It was painted over a period of six months.

Mr Kelso moved to Watlington in August 2014, having lived for many years at nearby Christmas Common.

He said: ‘

Gran Via
is the first work I’ve completed since we moved to the town. One result of the move was to discover an elevated view of one of Watlington’s main thoroughfares, the High Street. It was an aspect I’d never seen before. The view simply cried out to be painted.”



The painting will be submitted to the next jury of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. A limited edition of signed prints will be published in due course.

The title of the painting is in homage to the celebrated Spanish painter, Antonio López García, whose painting

Gran Via, Madrid
is world—famous.

Mr Kelso’s work has often been exhibited at the Royal Academy, as well as at other London venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the London Stock Exchange. In addition to Britain, he has also exhibited in galleries throughout the United States.

His paintings are in private collections in America, Australia, the UK, France and Sweden and prints have been sold worldwide.



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