Artwork of the Week – Ray Kyte

'Around the Table' Ray Kyte


Liverpool artwork of the week 2010-23. ‘Around the Table’ 1979 by Ray Kyte in A Break with Tradition: 100 years of the Contemporary Art Society at University of Liverpool Victoria Gallery & Museum. 28 May – 14 August 2010.

I really love this large painting, it is beautifully detailed and the sense of the sunlight illuminating the central area is so real it brightens up the whole gallery.

It’s a very nice exhibition overall featuring material from the diverse collection of gifts given to the University of Liverpool by the Contemporary Art Society (CAS).

Kyte likes to experiment with light. Areas of light and shade have been carefully created here.

In the 1970s there was a trend for photo-realism. Acrylic paint produces less noticeable brushstrokes than oils, helping Kyte to achieve a smoother finish resembling a photograph.

Kyte studied graphic design and photography and designed the Virgin logo for Richard Branson in the 1970s – allegedly on the back of a beer mat!

A Break with Tradition: 100 years of the Contemporary Art Society
28 May – 14 August 2010

Numerous contemporary artists’ work feature in this exhibition including Bridget Riley‘s wallpaper designs for the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Philip King‘s Heart sculpture and Dennis Creffield‘s Autumn Equinox I inspired by JMW Turner.