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Meet Kit Plumridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kit Plumridge.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I Grew up in South Africa where I learned to surf the wild shark-infested waters around Durban.

I continue this lifestyle in Malibu where I currently live.

I am self-taught and have had any formal art education but have I have been drawing and creating my whole life and painting continuously for theist 15 years

I prefer oil on canvas using a limited palette of Ultramarine, Pyrol Red, Cad Yellow, Raw Umber and white and find I can mix almost any color from this combination.

Represented at Topanga Canyon Gallery and have a show each year. I always have. A couple of Steam Punk pieces on show as I really enjoy working with copper and brass and making these 3-dimensional objects.

I specialize in beach and surf art, and my paintings feature different styles and compositions of surf live guard towers that are ubiquitous around the California beaches.

I am definitely drawn to rectilinear subjects like buildings and the surf towers and prefer painting photorealistic renditions of my subject matter. My wife and muse, Megan, is forever steering me away from realism and influences me to loosen up. Through my practice of regular En Plein Air painting, I am managing to become more loose, and I find this really helps improve my studio work especially with regards to composition and value. I am fortunate to be associated to the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and beaches, and we meet regularly to paint up and down the coast and have the opportunity to paint with many highly acclaimed local artists. I find this outdoor style of painting really puts the pressure on one’s artistic practice.

Please tell us about your art.
I am particularly inspired by the shadows that I see when I choose a composition. This must be the way I look at things in a photorealistic manner. Shadows trick the eye and help me to achieve this effect. When I start painting, I follow a specific method; starting with the drawing., Then I mix as many of the values and colors as I can but always start painting with the darkest colors and end with the lightest shades. It is always a problem to resist putting in the highlights too early. I try not to blend colors on the canvas. Using M Graham Oils that are mixed with either Walnut or Clove oil as a medium, in order to inhibit drying and I can leave a pallet uncovered for a long period without drying out. I stumbled upon Rosemary Brushes from England and favor their synthetic oil brushes over the Chungking bristles.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
People are attracted to bright colors and shadows, and my paintings offer these attributes.

I also try to find unusual angles that are not normally seen by humans, like birds eye views for example. My latest series “Surf Safari” features South African Safari animals like zebras and giraffes next to lifeguard towers. I was inspired by some images I saw during the Malibu fires where horses and llamas where tied to the towers. I have taken this one step further, and I am incorporating my African roots and implanting them into California where I now live.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Topanga canyon gallery.

Country kitchen in Malibu.

The hanger in Santa Monica.

Shows multiple times a year with the Allied Artists Of The Santa Monica mountains and Beaches.

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Image Credit:
Kit Plumrdge

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