Contemporary Art Prints and Paintings of Classic Bath Architecture
“I aim to present a contemporary perspective on some familiar places. I often focus on the darker side of Bath architecture; peeling paint and stained stonework.” David Ringsell
The harmonious architecture of my home city Bath has inspired many recent paintings. I provide a contemporary take on classic architecture.
These striking compositions are realistic but retain a painterly quality. Sometimes areas of the painting are left blank to emphasize the contrast between reality and its representation. There is a craftsman like attention to detail.
I work primarily in acrylic paint. This is a media my love and I have been using it since I was 15 years old. It dries more quickly than oil paint, so multiple layers of paint can be rapidly built up, and mistakes quickly fixed. But I also use pencil, pen, and acrylic marker pens. This mixed media approach creates some interesting surfaces. I paint on thick grey card which provides a neutral background tone.
I paint from photographs that I take and edit myself. I first search Bath for striking examples of architecture. Where possible I include water in my compositions. The River Avon as it flows under Pulteney Bridge is included in several paintings. Bath Abbey and local churches have also featured in my work
Before I start a painting, I complete a smaller ink drawing. This allows me to test the composition, colours at overall meaning of the work. My wider landscape work includes Tokyo, San Francisco, and New Zealand. These are places I have visited with my wife in the last 20 years. When I travel, I take art materials
“I provide a contemporary take on classic architecture.“
Past exhibitions: David Ringsell
- 2007 Finalist in the Bath Prize Competition and Exhibition
- 2009-2020 Exhibited paintings for the Larkhall Open Studios
- 2009-2013 Committee member for Larkhall Open Studios
- 2013 Exhibited Bath landscape paintings at the Imagianation Gallery, Bath
- 2017 Curated and presented two solo shows at the Beaufort Restaurant, Bath
- 2019 Curated and presented a solo show at the Royal United Hospital, Bath
- 2019 Print exhibited at the Spiritual Care Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath
- 2019 Curated and presented a solo show at the the Claremont Community Centre, Bath
- 2019 Prints sold at the Visit Bath Shop
- 2020 Painting featured in the Bath Magazine
- 2020 29th June to 31st July, – exhibit paintings for Summer Exhibition at the The Art Cohort, Bath
- 2020 27th July to December 31st, paintings and prints in the RUH HEROES exhibition at the Art Bar, Abbey Hotel, Bath
- RUH HEROES’ – An exciting online auction organised by The Abbey Hotel closes 14th December
- 2020 7th December to early 2021 – reopens after lockdown – exhibit paintings and prints for Winter Exhibition at the The Art Cohort, Bath