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Ethereal scenes of coastal life

From camping under the stars to foraging for wild food and making music on a mountain dulcimer, Keith Athay’s lifestyle is anything but tame, yet it gives him an inner peace which comes across in his beautiful and ethereal harbour scenes. His highly textured, luminous collages convey the contentment he has found in his bohemian lifestyle.

Keith had what he describes as a ‘Huck Finn’ childhood in Somerset, which set his lifelong passion for being outdoors. An innate love of experimenting with different textures and materials turned him into an artist at a young age. He was trained in art to degree level, but his conventional path ended soon after he graduated. His early career as a product designer and prototype model maker made him reject consumerism and embrace environmental responsibility.

He started painting and moved ‘off the grid’, living in a yurt for five years, before settling a beautiful, overgrown beach hut he shares with his best friend and a menagerie of cheerful pets.

Keith spends his days painting in the studio or on and teaching life classes, and He is fascinated with the village history of the south west coast - how hard life must have been back then, the storms they had to survive, both at sea and on land – and he aims to capture some of that history in his work. To this end he loves browsing round old charity shops sourcing vintage materials to use in his paintings. He works with a wide range of materials including pen and ink, wood stain, acrylics and varnishes, alongside such collage materials as vintage maps, old books or sheet music.

Ethereal scenes of coastal life

From camping under the stars to foraging for wild food and making music on a mountain dulcimer, Keith Athay’s lifestyle is anything but tame, yet it gives him an inner peace which comes across in his beautiful and ethereal harbour scenes. His highly textured, luminous collages convey the contentment he has found in his bohemian lifestyle.

Keith had what he describes as a ‘Huck Finn’ childhood in Somerset, which set his lifelong passion for being outdoors. An innate love of experimenting with different textures and materials turned him into an artist at a young age. He was trained in art to degree level, but his conventional path ended soon after he graduated. His early career as a product designer and prototype model maker made him reject consumerism and embrace environmental responsibility.

He started painting and moved ‘off the grid’, living in a yurt for five years, before settling a beautiful, overgrown beach hut he shares with his best friend and a menagerie of cheerful pets.

Keith spends his days painting in the studio or on and teaching life classes, and He is fascinated with the village history of the south west coast - how hard life must have been back then, the storms they had to survive, both at sea and on land – and he aims to capture some of that history in his work. To this end he loves browsing round old charity shops sourcing vintage materials to use in his paintings. He works with a wide range of materials including pen and ink, wood stain, acrylics and varnishes, alongside such collage materials as vintage maps, old books or sheet music.