Godalming artist Steve Kinder wins a wild card in Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year

Our friend Gwyn Phillips from AppArt on our local artist Steve Kinder

What a wild card! Steve Kinder took part in Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year and won the wild card section of the competition. Steve along with 50 artists took part in the third episode of this year’s competition at West Reservoir in London. This large recreation area of open water is located in a hidden part of the London Borough of Hackney and is bordered by high rise housing blocks some of which were still under construction.

The challenge was to select a landscape that included this large open expanse of water and the surrounding trees and buildings. Steve chose to paint a section that covered all three of these areas. In fact, he painted two paintings in the four hours allowed and obviously impressed all the judges. On winning, the judges  (artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan ) described Steve’s painting as “a beautiful wrist- ie,  honest bit of painting” and added “it’s a juicy fresh and honest bit of painting and you managed to get that little bit of magic in the work”

His paintings had a palette of light colours of blues and greens with the odd hint of pink. He really captured the atmosphere of this gem of a landscape and his impressionistic style did justice to this attractive environment.

In his own words he says “ My work tries to, in some ways evoke the beauty of ‘the place’.  Often, I will walk and explore a location always seeking to find something which connects with my sense of beauty or seeks to resonate with my spirit in some way. This could be a fleeting gesture or sense of atmosphere which I enjoy. and which I keenly observe and feel compelled to record. My painting has become more instinctive over the last few years and this freedom of gesture through paint is a  quality that I feel people connect with. During the last year I have been acutely aware of the need for my artwork as well as my teaching to be something which promotes joy and seeks to encourage and revive people at this difficult time. “

Steve is Head of Creative Arts at Prior’s Field School in Godalming and takes part in  regular solo and group exhibitions. He has been busy in the three lockdowns painting local Surrey and Sussex scenes as well as several major commissions. He was instrumental in getting AppArt to take place at the School. He is an ever-present exhibitor and his distinctive style will be well recognised by exhibition visitors and of course the staff and girls at the School.


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