Acclaimed Artist Greg Ramsden Comes Home to Teignmouth To Take Workshop
Members of Teignmouth Art Society had a real treat last week when well known Devon Artist Greg Ramsden returned to his home town to give a demonstration and workshop.
It was an unusual workshop as only black and white paint was used. The artists mixed a range of greys – not quite fifty shades this time, more like six or eight. They used this palette to study light and shade in landscapes and seascapes. It was incredibly effective, and many people finished the day with work they felt could be framed and exhibited. Some of the pieces looked quite photographic from a distance, but with more depth and feeling.
Value painting, as painting in greys, blacks and whites is called, is one of Greg’s specialities at the Coves Quay Gallery in Salcombe where he is artist in residence. “Colour can get in the way sometimes, and I wanted to explore the value of tones. It’s all about capturing the light really” said Greg.
Greg spent several years of his childhood living near the Minadab along the Dawlish Road. His bedroom window overlooked the sea and he spent many hours staring at clouds. Now, quite a few years later one of his favourite subjects is clouds over a low horizon. Greg attended Teignmouth Community College where his talent was spotted by his teachers, Sue Williamson and Paul Taylor. “I owe them a big thank you for making me take art seriously and study painting at University.” Actually, the whole county and our town of Teignmouth should also be grateful to Sue and Paul for nurturing such a rising star in the art world. Greg Ramsden is a name to watch in the world of art.
Greg became the youngest academician of the South West Academy and is now very active with them as a trustee, encouraging art in the county and taking part in their exhibitions. His work has been shortlisted by the RA in London and he has been hung several times by the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. He is also hung in many private collections around the world.
It is entirely possible that you will be able to see some of the results of this workshop at the Society’s regular exhibitions at the Victoria Hall in Shaldon, over May half term and in the second half of August.