VINTAGE INSPIRED PAINTINGS, PRINTS, POSTERS
Dorset artist Richard Watkin paints original vintage inspired locations reminiscent of travel posters of the 1930's with some 50s influences. His paintings often include classic cars and have a retro art deco feel. All of Richard's paintings are available as high quality prints and posters on fine art paper, which will keep their vibrant colours for many years to come. So what makes WatkinArt different from other artists creating vintage style prints? Well - all our prints are created from Richard's original paintings and not computer generated, this means that not every line is perfectly straight, the colours are vibrant and earthy and each painting is unique with around 50 to 60 hrs of blood, sweat and tears put into each and everyone of them! We print ourselves because we don’t want our images photoshopped to perfection, we like to see the imperfect textured effect of the canvas, the brush strokes, the highlights and lowlights - after all nothing in life is perfect and we prefer things that way!
What's the Story? - We were frequent visitors to Knowlton Church when the kids were small, they loved playing in the long grass and we loved the peace and tranquility, somewhat surprising when you consider the hollow shell of Knowlton church, one of the most atmospheric places in Dorset, is also...
What's the Story? - Ringstead Bay on the Jurassic Coast is a well kept secret, a charming bay with pebble beach, clear water and views across Weymouth Bay to Portland. On the day we visited the seaweed washed up by the tide had dried to a crisp rich dark terracotta, contrasting perfectly...
What's the Story? - The coastline of the Golden Cap Estate is part of the Jurassic Coast, Britain's only natural World Heritage Site, the highest point on the South Coast, the views in all directions are spectacular on a clear day. Back in the 1960's Richard's family were frequent visitors to Charmouth, they...
What's the story?Who wouldn't want a beach hut at this fabulous location? Sadly we can't afford one so Richard did the next best thing and painted them. Really great to meet someone at Mudeford Art Weeks who told us we had captured her hut in the painting - lucky lady!...
What's the Story? Richard and his family were fans of West Bay long before the TV series Broadchurch made it famous. The distinctive cliffs with their bands of soft and hard rock, some with a reddish hue make an outstanding landmark and a wonderful subject matter for a painting. Prints and...
What's the story? - This spot overlooking Durdle Door is without a doubt one of the all time favourites for the Watkin family. We have visited this particular stretch of the Jurassic coastline many times in the past 30 years and our daughter was proposed to not far from this spot. Trying to...
What's the story?During the summer we took the Sandbanks ferry to Studland to do some research for a commission of South Beach. We loved the timeless quality of the beach huts on Middle Beach and the idea for a new painting was born. Prints and Posters - The prints are created from...
Our 2019 calendar features 12 vintage inspired images of Dorset. Locations include Bournemouth, Worbarrow Bay, Durlston Head, West Bay, Poole, Wareham, Kimmeridge, Studland, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Southbourne and Swanage. All images are from original paintings by Richard painted in his studio at the bottom of the garden in Wimborne Dorset. There...
A set of 6 postcards featuring vintage inspired images of the Jurassic Coastline, all from original paintings by Dorset artist Richard Watkin. The Jurassic Coast 1 collection features Durdle Door, Studland, Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge, West Bay and Old Harry Rocks. What will you do with yours?Frame them, collect them, send them to friends. Use...
We look forward to seeing you at any of the following events where we will have our cards, prints and an original painting or two. If you can't make any of them but would like to meet with us we are happy for you to visit the studio by appointment.
24th November - Christchurch Priory Christmas Fair > more info
1st 2nd December - Open House and Studio > more info
6th December - Dorchester Christmas Cracker > more info
We have taken into consideration that you may not want to go to the expense of having your prints professionally framed (although they do look great when they are!) so have kept to standard sizes -
A4 Prints - 21cm x 29.7cm will fit 'off the shelf' A4 frames
A3 Prints - 29.7cm x 42cm will fit 'off the shelf' A3 frames, but check frame measurement first
50cm x 70cm Prints - which includes a small white border, will fit 'off the shelf' 50cm x 70cm frames
A6 Postcards - 148mm x 105mm will fit off the shelf frames if required
Calendars - These are A4 when folded, so easy to pop in the post as a pressie. Double A4 when opened and hanging