KAY, Ian

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Ian Kay, spent several years painting landscapes in Scotland in the 1980s, although he has had no formal training as an artist. He was based at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, where he shared a studio with two other artists. He exhibited his pictures in Peebles, Jedburgh, Galashiels and Edinburgh, including a solo exhibition during the Edinburgh Festival. All of his work at that time was in pastels. He then moved to Suffolk and spent some 20 years working in IT and raising a family, only painting intermittently. He retired in 2008, which enabled him to concentrate on painting, mainly in acrylics, and to branch out into sculpture. Although the Suffolk landscape is not as dramatic as Scottish mountains, the beautiful river estuaries, sandlings, woods, seashore and wide open skies of coastal Suffolk have an inspirational quality all of their own, which Ian tries to capture in his paintings. Most of his paintings are of the Deben Estuary and the surrounding areas. In 2015, his paintings ‘Sugarbeet’, was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.