Ray Kingsley is a British designer and engraver, specialist and innovator in the field of printed graphics, and owner of Kingsley's Printmaking Studio. He studied drawing and engraving with his relative Alfred Kingsley Lawrence, a portrait artist and member of the Royal Academy of arts and the Royal society of portrait artists.
The Museum exhibits a series of prints, pastels, and other graphic works by Ray Kingsley based on paintings by European, British, and Russian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Ray Kingsley made engravings, both in the classical technique, and using new author's methods of printing graphics. When making color prints, he often applied a layer of colored pastels or watercolors directly to the sheet of engraving or lithography to achieve the most pictorial effect. He also used tempera, sepia, sangina, charcoal, and other graphic materials.
Engravings are based on the principle of transferring images from a metal matrix to another surface, most often paper or fabric. Traditional printmaking techniques include woodcut, etching, engraving, lithography and other techniques. In the etching technique, artists carve an image using acid on a metal plate. The plate can be made of iron, copper or zinc. The artists often used additional artistic materials: watercolor, pastel, sepia and other media during produce of engravings.
The best examples of graphic arts are very popular among collectors and always attract the attention of museum experts. Color and monochrome engravings, watercolors, pastels are included in the collections of many states, corporate and private museums. Among the collectors of graphic arts, there are many well-known public figures.