Spotlight on Kyle Gallup
Kyle Gallup is an American artist living and working in New York. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Kyle had abundant space and time to dream and draw. Family road trips took in the bright sunsets of Montana, the vast plains and skies of Wyoming and animate forms in the Utah desert, leaving her with a lasting love of wide-open landscapes. After studying figure drawing at Washington University and an apprenticeship with a local weaver, Kyle relocated to the west coast of Ireland, where she turned to water colours to paint the pastoral landscape. After time in France, a BFA from Tufts University and Diploma in Studio Arts from the Boston Museum School, Kyle has developed an unconventional approach to landscapes. Her work is an combination of observation, experience and memory and she paints intuitively with colour that is expressive, imaginative and free from the laws of nature.
At the start of 2019 Kyle was invited to London to be part of our International Artist in Residence Programme. As part of her preparation, Kyle studied images of London’s urban landscape, particularly focusing on the changing weather over the River Thames. Stretches of urban water are a reoccurring theme for Kyle, having already created works around the Hudson River and Coney Island in New York. On arrival she quickly realised that experiencing London on foot was the best way to connect with the city’s vibrancy. In the studio, Kyle was given time to develop ideas and explore our complete range of materials, including a preview of our new Cadmium-Free and Jewel collections in Professional Water Colours and Designer Gouache.
The resulting work is a personal reflection on various journeys through London’s meandering lattice of building, river, bridge and skyline. Using the vibrant new colours opened up new possibilities for creating dynamic combinations for the London riverscape. Kyle’s dreamlike River Thames is injected with the vibrancy of Cadmium-Free Lemon Yellow while the atmospheric new Smalt - a bright, jewel-like variation on cobalt blue - creates an electric energy. Walking in the unfamiliar landscape, taking in the changeable weather, while crossing the many bridges over the Thames, gives a surprising dimension to Kyle’s residency work.