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Art Exhibition ~ Alexander Kai

Alexander Kai - Figures in Focus exhibition with self-portrait


Figures in Focus ~ 7th - 9th July 2023
Friday & Sunday 11am - 4pm  | Saturday 11am - 6pm 

Young Wiltshire Artist Mounts One Man Show

Talented young Wiltshire artist Alexander Kai is staging his first solo exhibition in the dramatic setting of St. Mary's Devizes, with its wonderful light and fascinating history.

The show is an exciting opportunity for the 21-year-old, who lives in the village of All Cannings, to showcase the breadth of his creative portfolio.

Alexander’s work focuses primarily on the human form and the show will including paintings, drawings and sculptures capturing the unique characteristics and personalities of his wide-ranging sitters, which will be available to buy.

“I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and techniques in order to reflect the energy and soul of my subjects.” 

Largely self-taught, he showed an interest in the arts and culture from early childhood, which led to his determination to carve out a career as an artist.

“The light and space in St Mary’s Church provides a perfect venue for displaying artwork.  I love talking about art and am looking forward to sharing my passion with those visiting the exhibition.”

In October 2022 he began a year’s training with Nicholas Beer at Sarum Studio, an atelier in Salisbury, to gain insight into traditional methods of oil painting and portraiture – and at the end of 2023 is off to Florence to further his studies.

Visit Alexander's website →

List of achievements

  • Highly Commended in the Oexmann Art Competition and Exhibition 2022
  • Pound Arts Open Exhibition 2022
  • SAA Young Artist of the Year 2022 - second place
  • New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2022 at the Mall Galleries, London
  • BBC Radio Wiltshire interview - January 2022
  • Wiltshire Life magazine interview - December 2021 
  • Bath Society of Artists 116th Annual Open Exhibition in 2021 at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath
  • SAA Young Artist of the Year 2021 - second place
  • New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2021 at the Mall Galleries, London
  • Marlborough Open Studios 2021 - Bursary winner
  • Winner of the SAA Beginner Artist of the Year 2020
  • SAA Artist of the Year 2020 - Best Beginner Portrait or Figure award
  • Young Artists' Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts 2020

This will be the last event in St Mary’s for some six months as the building will be closed during essential roof repairs.