A. Kestner studied art at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
where he became interested in the French
Artists such as the Douanier Rousseau,
and Camille Bambois. Many of his paintings are set
the open air with a large cast of characters who
play musical instruments or interact together in
ways. His figures have simple uncluttered lines, are
bare-footed, wear brightly coloured clothes and are
modelled in strong light and shade.
The atmosphere is tranquil, with the long shadows of morning or sunset. Foliage takes on a life of its own saw-edged stinging nettles; caressing grasses; trees shimmering in time to the music. Don't be fooled though, not all his characters are sweet and pleasant. There are also some dark and disturbing images twisted and distorted heads; burning cities; and nightmare worlds. So if you like fairytale and story telling you will find lots to interest you in his work.
Target- Art organised Art Exhibition:
The George Hotel, King Street, Reading, Berks, permanent Exhibition Art Exhibition
(November 2009 - July 2011)