Kenneth Townsend

The artist Kenneth Townsend was a well-known illustrator, sculptor and designer. He worked for international companies such as Liberty’s, Hornsey Pottery, Pilkington Glass and Galt Toys. In his later years he was the art director of Pickpocket Books.

Born in Winchelsea, East Sussex he went to school in Rye and eventually moved to Hastings studying painting at Hastings College of Art and Central School of Art, London. He continued to paint, draw and sculpt all of his life, inspired by his surrounding and the humorous personalities that lived locally. He was a recognized resident of the old town in Hastings, frequenting the jazz nights in the Anchor on George Street.

His preferred method of painting was to take photographs and once back in the studio he would recreate the landscapes with abstract expressions. The sense of emotion is a striking feature of Empirical Windows as Kenneth’s preference was for feeling as opposed to realistic depictions. He was one of the founding members of the Rye Society of Artists, exhibiting in their annual RSA summer shows.

 

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Cliff Paths II, acrylic on board - £1800

Cliff Paths II, acrylic on board - £1800

Marina, oil on canvas - £1500

Marina, oil on canvas - £1500

Abstract 56, 1977, oil on canvas - £1475

Abstract 56, 1977, oil on canvas - £1475

Striped and Fawn Abstract, oil on board - £1400

Striped and Fawn Abstract, oil on board - £1400

The Village III, mixed media - £400

The Village III, mixed media - £400

Green Abstract, oil on canvas - £1800

Green Abstract, oil on canvas - £1800

Green Woodland, oil on canvas - £1800

Green Woodland, oil on canvas - £1800

Foreshore, oil on canvas - £1900

Foreshore, oil on canvas - £1900

Table Aigaliers, oil on canvas - £1800

Table Aigaliers, oil on canvas - £1800