Richard Kaye Art Exhibition at Lyme Regis

An artist whose previous career saw him tour the world with a rock band and appear on Top of the Pops is preparing to take center stage again.

Examples of Richard Kaye’s paintings – on unusually shaped canvases – as well as his printmaking and drawing work can be seen in a new exhibition at Lyme Regis this month.

Richard has lived in Ottery St Mary with his family for over 17 years, leaving London to raise his two children in Devon near his parents, who lived in Lyme Regis. He loves the area deeply, having lived in both Lyme Regis and Bridport in his youth.

Prior to moving to Devon, Richard had an interesting musical career, which involved a year of world touring with rock band Ash as a ‘scratch DJ’. During this time he performed on the main stage at Glastonbury and appeared on Top of the Pops.

While living in Ottery he appeared on the television show Come Dine With Me.

Art has always been an important part of Richard’s life and this exhibition focuses on his last five years, which were among his most productive.

The exhibition includes Richard’s recent paintings, which are on unusually shaped canvases. This happened as an evolution of some work he has done over the past three years focusing on architectural forms and forms expressed in bright colors to capture the viewer’s attention. Wanting to make the work even more impactful, he also decides to stretch the canvases into shapes that reflect the architectural and geometric forms that now fascinate him. It was by no means a simple process, and in itself posed many challenges with stretching the canvas and then making the frames.

Some of the most traditional paintings in the exhibition are landscapes influenced by the coastline around Lyme Regis.

The print work includes a series of screen-printed works focused on brutalist architecture in London, but brought to life using neon colors to force the viewer’s attention.

‘Richard Kaye, Recent Work 2018-2022’ is at the Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis, from Saturday 13 August to Thursday 25 August, open 10am-5pm daily.

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