Kieran Stiles: Manet’s flowers: using ZOOM.US!

Following a very successful pilot online workshop with Kieran Stiles last week, we can now offer a similar to Sofap members. This is using the online facility Zoom, and your pc/laptop or largish tablet (mobiles are too small). You will be able to both watch Kieran talking and watch him demonstrating via a second camera he has set up. He (and the group) can see everyone’s work when it is held up in front of your own webcams.

IMPORTANT:  Currently there is a limited number for this – a maximum of 10. I already have people who have signed up for the original workshop, which reduces the numbers further, so act quickly if you would like to attend. The cost is £20 for members, and payable directly into the Sofap bank account please [30-80-88; 31842668], with your surname and WS24Apr as a reference. If you signed up earlier and cannot attend this, let me know quickly. There will be a waiting list opened and it maybe that we can run another one with Kieran, later in the year, if it is very popular.

A painting course which focuses on the ground breaking still life paintings of Manet. Explore how the light areas for the petals can be made to burst into life, by reducing the pitch of the surrounding tones, and applying the paint in a thick ‘Impasto’ way. Rembrandt used chalk mixed with oil to thicken and paint for this purpose. Explore how to produce a soft ‘feathered’ indistinct appearance to the brush work with subtle outlines by over working into wet (above right)

You will need:
A flower still life
Smooth board,card,wooden panel eg mdf, of very thick paper. The card from a shoe box or cereal box is fine.
Pencil and paper
Oil paints; solvent
Tissue for cleaning
Brushes, one medium size and one for fine work

Kieran Stiles

Kieran studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, and the Cornish coast and the Isles of Scilly continue to inform and inspire these evocative images which fizzle with life and electric colour. Kieran loves working outside, superimposing layers of oil paint with fractured marks, dashes and splatters that capture the spirit of a continually changing landscape. Each piece is developed and refined over subsequent weeks in his Oxfordshire studio. His work is held in many influential and distinguished collections internationally, as well as being represented by the following galleries.

Recent exhibitions:

  • Merton College Oxford. Fellowship in the Creative Arts. 2019-20
  • Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London. Winter exhibition. 2018
  • Kieran Stiles Art Studios, Oxford. Studio launch exhibition 2018
  • Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Artist in Residence. 2018
  • Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London. Summer exhibition. 2018
  • Kieran Stiles Art Studios, Woodstock. Oxfordshire. A Tiny Festival of Arts. 2018
  • The London Art Fair. Represented by Browse and Darby. 2018
  • Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London. Solo exhibition. 2017
  • Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford., Oxfordshire. Solo exhibition. 2017
  • The London Art Fair. Represented by The Lemon Street Gallery. 2017


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