Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of spending time with world renowned artist Kevin Sinnott who lucky for me lives here in Pontycymmer where he also has his studio and his most excellent gallery “Studio 18”.
My first thoughts about this series of images was to shoot it completely on film which after my initial test shoots was not going to show how I pictured the project in my mind where I had some sort of control over the colours of the paintings.
So I used a mix of film & Digital hopefully to give a good overview of a working artist.
Before we start here is a very brief snippet about Kevin that I procured from the web….
Born in Sarn, South Wales in 1947, Kevin Sinnott is a contemporary Welsh artist with a truly international reputation. He trained at Cardiff College of Art & Design, Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and at the Royal College of Art, London. Kevin remained in London throughout the 1970s and 80s, building a very successful career, and exhibiting at leading London galleries, major galleries in the USA and mainland Europe.
Kevin’s work is collected worldwide and he is represented in many important public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His large canvas, ‘Running Away with the Hairdresser’ has proved to be one of the National Museum and Galleries of Wales’s most popular acquisitions.
Kevin returned to live in Wales in 1995 and has quickly established himself at the forefront of the renaissance in Welsh painting. While his work is primarily concerned with human relationships, the influence of the south Wales landscape is strongly felt in his paintings. He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 2007.
I will include some links at the end of the post to various articles featuring Kevin that may be of interest.Hopefully this will be the start of an ongoing project where I hope to spend time with artists in their studio or place of work where I can document the process of their discipline whether they are a painters, photographers, illustrators, musicians, sculptors etc
This 1st post may be an exception as Kevin gave me unlimited access to him and his studio for which I am so grateful.
I was very lucky with my timing as Kevin was in the middle of a painting on the day we arranged for me to pop over to do the studio shoot.
I was privileged to watch him work and then re work the painting “SuperMam” which will feature in most of the following images, please excuse the slight colour variations as obviously they are a mix of Film & Digital.
The paintings need to be seen in life to appreciate them 🙂
The images were shot on a mixture of Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Pro 400H for the colour and ilford HP5+ and Kodak T-Max for the B&W.
Cameras used were Nikon F100, Mamiya 645, Mamiya C330 and Leica M2.
Digital were Nikon D600, Fuji XT-1 and Fuji X-Pro1
Martin Tinney Gallery
Wales online link
Studio 18 link
Youtube video link
National Museum link
Thanks for looking ….
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All images are available as prints just drop me an email
I also have a film only blog over at usingfilm.wordpress.com if you want a peek 🙂
2 thoughts on “London, New York, Pontycymmer … Artist at work .. Kevin Sinnott”
Tim good afternoon – I’m Richard Arnold – looking after the program & website for a small not-for-profit Arts & music festival in Llantwit Major (www.these3streams.uk) I’ve just been told that Kevin Sinnott is going to join us in June, which is great news, but I need decent picture of him, and wondered if you might give us permission to use one of yours. We’d credit you of course, and offer you accreditation to the event on 9/10/11 June. Do please let me know, we’d be very grateful. Very best wishes Richard
Hi Richard .. I would be happy for you to use one of my images with accreditation .. which one are you after? Cheers Tim