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David Ringsell

Visual artist

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