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.
KINGSLEY'S PRINTMAKING STUDIO
Kingsley's Printmaking Studio is a British workshop for the production of printed graphics: engravings, lithographs, , serigraphy, and other types of art works.
The Studio was established by a group of members of the Royal Academy of Arts (London) to produce prints, copies of paintings by famous British artists of the XIX-XX century. Many graphic series of engravings and prints were created in collaboration with members of the Royal Academy, including the President of the Academy, sir Alfred Munnings, as well as artists Walter Ernest Webster, William Russell Flint, Laura knight, and others. In the early 1930s, sir Alfred Kingsley Lawrence, a member of the Royal society of portrait painters and a member of the Royal Academy of arts, was the curator and head of the engraving workshop.
Kingsley's Studio made prints from paintings by famous artists of the XIX-XX century, including Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Anders Zorn, and other European artists. Known prints of Kingsley's Studio from paintings by Russian artists, including Leon Bakst, Konstantin Somov, Nicholas Roerich, Zinaida Serebryakova, Rinat Kuramshin, and other Russian artists.
Kingsley's Studio continues the best traditions of British graphics art. British engraving, developed over many centuries, has become an object of the highest artistic value and has taken its rightful place in the world of fine art. Color and monochrome prints are included in the collections of many state, corporate and private museums. Among the collectors of British prints are members of Royal families, well-known figures of culture and art, and business representatives.