Guernsey born artist Keith Langlois has worked as a graphic artist/ illustrator/animator, and for the past 15 years usually at a computer screen. He is keen to get back to creating paintings and artefacts as he did in the 1980s. At the age of fifteen, he began working at the Guernsey Pottery, slip casting and decorating majolica slipware.

In 1976 while attending an art foundation course at “The Dove Centre” in Somerset held a sell-out exhibition of drawings and watercolours.

After two years working for his father growing tomatoes back in Guernsey, he returned to Somerset to pursue an art career creating interiors for the Firkin, Slug and Lettuce and Front-Page pub groups while employed by Barker Harland Ltd.

Over the years he has exhibited work at many joint shows including the Royal Academy summer exhibition and in 1986, a solo one-day sale of paintings in Somerset, arranged by friend Pat Leyshon, which sold out.

Throughout the 1990s to the present day most of his work has been creating graphics and illustrations, and from the early 2000s, computer-based model-making animation usually to explain how things work, from a series of ‘Mechanisms of Action’ films for Probiotics international Ltd to mechanical renewable devices for Highway Energy Systems and Hughes R&D.

“When I get the chance to paint these days my influences include; Mervyn Peake, Paul Gauguin, Alice Neel, Shaun Tan, Diego Rivera, Peter Howson, Victor Hugo, MC Escher and Bill Evans. The latter being a musician but always integral to my understanding of painting, so I would say the way I visualise music has played a big part in my artwork.”

          1970s:

  • Guernsey Pottery
  • Arts foundation course at ‘Dove Workshops’ Somerset
  • Exhibition of drawings and watercolours 1986 Dove Workshops

         1980s:  

  • Fine Artist + Commercial
  • Creating interior artefacts for Barker Harland Ltd.
  • Slug & Lettuce, Front Page, Firkin & Hogs Head pub chains.
  • Exhibition/ House sale of watercolours 1986 given by Pat Leyshon Compton Dundon Somerset.

         1990s:

  • Fine Artist + Commercial
  • Barker Harland Ltd, Pubs Etc, Illustration for Probiotics International, Bath & West agricultural shows.

         2000s:

  • Fine Artist + Illustration/Animation for;
    • Protexin International,
    • Nutramax Veterinary Sciences,
    • Hughes R&D,
    • Highway Energy Systems Ltd.
    • Publicity for ‘Global Sounds’ and ‘Green Note’ Festivals Album Cover and
    • Website content for Afro Latin London Band ‘Penya’.

          2000 – 2019:

  • Portrait commissions
  • Promotional work for The Duchess of Cocklemoor Ferry
  • CAD planning visualisations
  • Coach-house Gallery show 2017
  • Scenery for GADOC productions;
    • ‘Deliver Us from Evil’, ‘
    • Oliver!’,
    • ‘Dick Whittington,’
    • ‘One Man Two Govnors,’
    • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and
    • ‘Blood on Canvas’.

©Keith Langlois.  All Rights Reserved 2019

 

Tinsel Paintings

“Inspired by John Mahy Gallienne’s work I am attempting to replicate his technique using old and modern themes.

I have used old glass with oil based inks and paints just as he did, with the important inclusion of a backing panel sized with metal foil to reflect light, giving theses paintings a unique quality of movement as they reflect the surrounding environment”.

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Portelet Series 1     (£140.00 each or £300.00 for set of three)

Portelet Series 2

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Larger paintings

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Publicity for ‘Global Sounds’ and ‘Green Note’ Festivals Album Cover

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“DUSK”

Signed limited edition Print by Keith Langlois

Available at The Coach-house Gallery

During his extensive career, Guernsey born artist Keith Langlois has worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and animator. To create the etched effect on “Dusk” Keith applied a hard pencil (6H) to make an impression into the soft thick watercolour paper, then drawing or smudging soft pencil over those lighter drawn impressions so giving an impression of an etched line as in this drawing with the corn and stubble.

The inspiration for the painting was “harvest time and that magical period at the end of a day between sunset and nightfall.”

This image has been used for the 68 pence stamp in the issue of 21st July 2020 by Guernsey Post, an original of which is affixed to the print.

EXHIBITION SEPTEMBER 2021

“Cats, dogs and a few other old friends might describe the subject matter of this collection of work. My ambition to devote my time exclusively to painting on reaching the age of 65 has eluded me so far but I’m working at it and have here a collection of oils and watercolours on show created in the last few months.” Keith Langlois

Palmerston is a cat who was the resident Chief Mouser of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at Whitehall in London. The black and white bicolour cat began his role in the position of Chief Mouser on 13 April 2016. Previously, he was from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. He was employed at the King Charles Street building.

The inception of the position of Chief Mouser at the FCO followed from the position Chief Mouser to the Cabinet OfficeLarry and from visits from George Osborne‘s cat Freya who made regular visits to the office.

Palmerston was in the news on 3 May 2016, as it was reported that he had caught his first mouse. On 11 July 2016, Palmerston was caught on camera in a stand-off between himself and Larry in and around Downing Street. On 26 July 2016, Palmerston was caught sneaking into Number 10, when the famous black door was left open. He was later evicted by resident police. On 1 August 2016, a journalist caught Palmerston and Larry having a serious cat-fight, which led to Palmerston having damage to his ear and Larry losing his collar.

In October 2017, Palmerston “appointed” his first overseas envoys. Lawrence of Abdoun, a rescued black-and-white street tomcat, was given a role at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan and is named after British military officer T. E. Lawrence and the neighbourhood in Amman where the embassy is located.[8] Leyla Pixie, an orphaned kitten from Turkey, was adopted by the British Consulate General in Istanbul.

On 7 August 2020 Palmerston “retired” as the FCO’s Chief Mouser, moving to the countryside to “spend more time relaxing away from the limelight”; his “resignation” was announced on Twitter.

Wikipedia

 

“Hornblotton Church is situated behind Hornblotton House on the old Fosse Way (A37) in Somerset. A friend told me 30 years ago that Gustaf Holst was a visitor to the house in her mother’s day. I have imagined him here gazing at the planets next to the church that became one of my favourite haunts.” Keith Langlois

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