The Trinity will be showcasing a series of charcoal portraits by Tunbridge Wells artist Louis Ryan. The exhibition will run from 1st March to 2nd April and will feature charcoal sketches of twenty-five local entrepreneurs.
When setting up his art studio in Tunbridge Wells two years ago, Louis was struck by how little local enterprise had been celebrated in art. “I want to make up for this deficit,” he confessed. “These people have in one way or another given something to the community. Most are business people: restaurateurs, shopkeepers, professionals, or small scale manufacturers. Two have started up and run charitable centres. Rather than take up a salaried job, they have all had an idea, taken a risk and set up on their own. Many now provide jobs. All have had the courage to turn their idea into something real. When they talk about their work they are fascinating. It has been a delight to draw their portraits.”
Louis learnt his trade in Florence. His technique and style are traditional but the portraits place the subjects very much in the living present. When he is not painting portraits, Louis teaches students at his studio just off the High Street. “There is plenty of latent artistic talent in Tunbridge Wells. I hope that through the studio my students can make the most of their creativity.”
For more information on the exhibition, call Trinity on 01892 678 678
For more information on Louis Ryan, visit his website: www.louisryan.com or call 01892 315449
Cover photo: Jeremy, Jeremy’s Home Store