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Post by skay July 15th 2012, 7:48 pm

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Post by dantheman July 15th 2012, 7:53 pm

finally we get to see originals painted by this great British artist! Well done Skay Clap

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Post by skay July 15th 2012, 7:57 pm

R.Ferrao wrote:
skay wrote:It was Rita, check out Luke's art as well he also does some great city / industrial.

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I will, thanks.

What I think it's interesting about Ken Law's work is that it could almost be ceramics.
The structure would be perfect for tiles and it would look great in large scale on a big wall.

Yes, in real life it's very 3D and one picture was 'bowed out' if that's the right artistic term.

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Post by skay July 15th 2012, 7:58 pm

dantheman wrote:finally we get to see originals painted by this great British artist! Well done Skay Clap

Thanks, but it was my pleasure Ken Law - Page 4 2838678103

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Post by big ed July 15th 2012, 8:15 pm

Excellent Stuff Sue , I especially liked the 1st Paintings in the 2nd & 4Th posts, I also liked the little buses in the panoramic one as well , a great talent Most Excellent
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Post by barndoor July 16th 2012, 1:32 pm

What a great thread - I'm so glad I found it.

In the 70s my father was in the habit of giving my brother and me an inexpensive gift when he returned from a meeting abroad; and after one such trip I was given an Athena print of Ken Law's 'Hampstead Heath' (I recall how my younger brother was given a Van Gogh print). Being very young I saw it as no more than a reasonably nice piece of art showing a London street, and I am ashamed to say that I stuck it on my bedroom wall in the full glare of the afternoon sun. I still have it, but it is considerably faded now.

I would love to be able to get a copy of a new, unfaded print; and in fact now having seen some of his other works, some of those as well! Maybe this thread will spark a renaissance of interest in his work - I certainly hope so.
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Post by lukeMwalker July 18th 2012, 10:47 am

Hi All, it was a delight to meet Skay at the weekend, and of course John and his wonderful mother Barbara. I have to say the paintings are absolutely sublime, and none of the prints and photos can really do justice to seeing them in 'the flesh' so to speak.
On thing that really isn't evident is the texture. Ken worked in gesso on board, scribing the structural form into the surface. I'll try and upload a couple of detail pics to show those of us, who've only ever seen prints.
As an artist, I am also interested in the way he abstracted his landscapes, and as Skay kindly points out this is something I've been experimenting with recently myself, and it's fiendishly difficult. Particularly if, like Ken you are also working in 3-dimensions. Apparently, John said he was a keen chess player too, so maybe he was able to plot is paintings three or four moves ahead?
Either way, his style I think was pretty much unique, I do not know of anyone working in quite this way. As such I think he really needs to be celebrated and recognised as a true British artist. So watch this space! I said to Skay at the weekend, how wonderful that this little forum actually resulted in something real and physical, the internet can be great sometimes!
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Post by lukeMwalker July 18th 2012, 11:06 am

Hopefully you can see what I mean now! R.Ferrao is absolutley right, I initially wondered whether they were earthenware mosaics, and would very easily translate in this way (I say 'easily', but...) However the subtlety and range of colours (as you can see above, would be difficult to replicate.
Tonally the actual paintings are very three dimensional too, with light and shadow carefully considered and also abstracted to some degree.
There was a beautiful one of a typical London street in the snow, not sure if you took one of that one Skay? The shadows of the buildings and tracks of buses in fresh snow were wonderful. As well as being just beautiful to look at, they also capture a lost London to some degree now, and it's changing faces, something I've also been beginning to explore in my work.
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Post by lukeMwalker July 18th 2012, 11:11 am

Apologies, Sue I realise you did, It's in the second batch. I have a couple more you missed so will upload those too. R Ferrao, I realise you are Rita, hello! (Rita, Sue, do we have a Bob on this thread too?)
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Post by dantheman July 18th 2012, 12:06 pm

after seeing Luke's close up pics I realise the prints don't capture the full talent of this artist

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Post by lukeMwalker July 18th 2012, 12:25 pm

They really are incredible Dantheman, also I forgot to say in response the the framing debate on here. Ken framed them all himself, so the period box frame with the hessian border is 100% authentic and very much part of the piece.
John had another in a more modern frame, but we didn't think it worked as well as the originals! It was also amazing to see them insitu, with other art and objects from the period, and overlooking a wonderful garden also designed by Ken.
You can get a glimpse of the mantlepiece in the New York skyline painting uploaded by Sue. Hessian was very much in evidence, and set of the paintings perfectly.
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Post by Davee July 18th 2012, 7:29 pm

Love the Potteries painting it works really well, industrial scenes are often overlooked. Thanks Sue and Luke for all the effort Excellent

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Post by lukeMwalker July 19th 2012, 8:17 pm

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Found this chess print on a spanish auction website.
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Post by dantheman July 19th 2012, 10:03 pm

Ken's paintings tend to have this grid pattern,is chess the theme?

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Post by R.Ferrao July 20th 2012, 12:04 am

lukeMwalker wrote:Apologies, Sue I realise you did, It's in the second batch. I have a couple more you missed so will upload those too. R Ferrao, I realise you are Rita, hello! (Rita, Sue, do we have a Bob on this thread too?)

Hi Luke,
thanks for sharing all the details, the textures are wonderful.
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Post by lukeMwalker July 20th 2012, 5:15 pm

My pleasure Rita Happy

Dantheman, I think he was a big chess fan (music and chess seem to often go together) and although not all the paintings have this theme, as I pondered earlier I wonder whether he was able to 'think strategically' when planning his paintings.

Barndoor, the prints do come up on Ebay etc from time to time, and seem to go for not too high a price, I bought a lovely London panorama (one of the originals put up by Sue) for only about £25. It's still rolled up, and in mint condition. So keep yer eyes open! Shocked
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Post by lukeMwalker September 22nd 2012, 11:47 am

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well. Just thought I'd mention this as it made me laff. Just Skping with old friends in New Zealand and noticed on their wall in the background, what looked suspiciously like Hampstead High St by Ken Law!
Sure enough it was a print purchased in a local junk shop for $25! They'd remembered seeing mine and spotted it! So his prints literally got all around the world!
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Post by johnlaw1000 September 22nd 2012, 12:44 pm

Greeting to all who are a part of this 'Ken Law' forum thread.

I would like to thank you for your kind posts, they have been a real joy and encouragement to me and all of Ken's family, it is so good to hear how much his art is enjoyed and appreciated.

I would particularly like to thank both Sue and Luke for all their contributions in making this an interesting and active page.

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Post by johnlaw1000 April 22nd 2013, 5:10 pm

A quick update, Ben Law the grandson of Ken Law is actively working on a website dedicated to Ken's paintings. As soon as the site is up and running, we will post a link on this page.
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Post by dantheman April 22nd 2013, 5:20 pm

I'm sure it will be very popular,many people have joined this forum in the quest for info on Ken's work

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Post by johnlaw1000 April 22nd 2013, 11:17 pm

dantheman wrote:I'm sure it will be very popular,many people have joined this forum in the quest for info on Ken's work
Thanks, we plan to put lots of information....
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