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Kit Johns teaches our Sea and Coast three day mixed media course.
Kit's work explores the wild and untamed nature of the Cornish landscape. Experimentation and expression are key aspects of his work, creating unpredictable, unique and atmospheric pieces. The work is raw and emotive, focusing on capturing the energy of the moment, reflecting the ever-changing Cornish coastline throughout the year.
Reminders of the indomitable power of water and nature are a frequent theme of Kit’s work. From the turquoise summer seas to the rawness of the winter waves, these are views Kit grew up surrounded by and this understanding and passion is portrayed within the work. Kit’s work seems to resonate deeply with people, drawing in on their own memories and experiences of the sea and surrounding landscape.
His enthusiasm and enamour with Cornwall is clear in his work, the paintings are intentionally unrefined and evoke a joyousness about both the Cornish coastline and painting for paintings sake. Authentic vintage maps are often used as the base for his art, creating a rare unique canvas for each painting and adding further to a sense of place within the work.
His mixed media paintings on the maps, add an extra dimension to seascapes, capturing the familiar timelessness that many have attributed to the Cornish landscape. The contours and place-names on the map beneath directly correlate with the locations of the paintings themselves encouraging the viewer to engage with the work.