Kevin Sinnott

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Kevin Sinnott's work and his focus on life in the south Wales valleys.

For presenter Kim Howells, Kevin Sinnott is one of the few painters to reflect his Wales - showing the vibrancy of the South Wales valleys. Sinnott likes to think of his paintings as being about the community, about life, the warmth and passion of the characters in the south Wales valleys. He explains the process of his painting as being initially quite abstract, more akin to abstract expressionism than it is to traditional figurative painting. The philosophy behind the process he describes as coming from him being 'immersed in the art'. They discuss his best known painting 'Running Away with the Hairdresser', which Howells describes as one of the most popular paintings to have come out of Wales in the last 30 years. Sinnott explains that it came from an earlier painting of a single figure of a young man simply called 'Running Away'. He really is not sure where the title came from and leaves open the answer to the question of from what, or why, the figures are running away. The artist ends by saying that 'running away' is what he himself did at some time in his life.
From: Framing Wales Episode 4
First Broadcast : 17 March 2011

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 7-9,9-11,11-14

Subject : Art & Design

Topic : Painting and drawing

Keywords : Figurative painting, People, Community, Kevin Sinnott, South Wales valleys, Running Away with the Hairdresser

Notes : In groups, study a painting by Kevin Sinnott - teacher could stick an A5 colour photocopy of a painting in the middle of an A2 sheet of paper and give pupils a list of questions to discuss and then jot the answers down around the outside - questions could focus on what colours the artist used, the subject matter, what's going on in the painting, how it makes them feel, etc. Ask pupils to make sketches of people in their leisure time - playing, chatting, etc. They could then create larger paintings in school using vibrant colours and bolder brushstrokes to show people playing, having fun, etc.

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