British born artist, Alan Kirkland-Roath has emerged from the unlikely background where he has spent more than 35 years developing the Gaming business in the U.K. and other parts of the world, to become a full-time artist.
Alan Kirkland-Roath started drawing and sketching from an early age. Entirely self taught, his influences came from studying paintings by the Impressionist masters; Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot and Cezanne and their use of colour and light.
Kirkland-Roath's images capture a likeness and mood of the moment. Perhaps this is because the artist himself finds the making of every painting an adventure, an experimental journey through colour, shape and mark.
Changing quality of light and dark shades within the images affecting both mood and atmosphere are conveyed by the subtle nuances in colour, tone and texture. The paintings are an expression of both literal and imaginary interpretation that is based mainly on traditional themes.
Kirkland-Roath's strong distinctive style and his penchant for light make his work collectable throughout the world. He specialises in Portrait, Figurative and Horse Racing themes, but will be delighted to discuss any challenging watercolour commissions.
A WATERCOLOUR PORTRAIT, PRESERVING THE MOMENT FOR EVER MORE….
In these days of readily available photography when our likenesses are recorded over and again, it has become even more special to have a portrait painted. A portrait can mark a birth or marriage, graduation, career success or a well earned retirement – or it can simply capture an individual or pet at a point in their life and preserve the moment for ever more.
The lost and found edges, the movement of light through the figure are some of the advantages of water based colour. Water gives the painting life, as it does everything on this planet!
The horse and rider in pursuit of the ruthless win, with fame and fortune that awaits them at the finishing post! The racing silks shine and shimmer like glorious medieval banners of battle. For this is indeed truly war. So, it is with racing’s most illustrious and dramatic spectacle of horse and man… How best to capture this moment? This magnificent atmosphere can truly be captured with watercolours!
Group Exhibition, "Art Raisin Thoughts", Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya, October 2005
Group Exhibition, "Watercolour Society of Thailand", Siam Paragon, Bangkok, June 2006
Group Exhibition, "Celebrating the King's 80 years", Grand Ayudhaya Hotel, Bangkok, July 2007
Group Exhibition, "Art Without Frontiers", Amarin Plaza, Bangkok, August 2007
Group Exhibition, "3 Watercolourists", Gallery Opium, Pattaya City, February 2008
Group Exhibition, "New Ecologies", Sheraton Resort, Pattaya, January-April 2009
Resident Artist, Gallery Opium, Pattaya. Thailand (2005-2009)
AK-R Studios, Pattaya, Thailand (2009- )
"I love to paint, and truly believe that being able to paint is a gift that should be shared.
As a child and teenager I loved drawing and painting with watercolours. However, I was not able to fulfil my dream of painting full-time till my family had grown up and I could finally leave my job.
I never dreamed of showing my paintings, least of all selling any of them, but before I knew it I had my first portrait commission. This has then lead onto a number of other commissions.
While I paint I find that I live in the beauty and colour of my subject. I like to be able to convey a sense of involvement to the onlooker."