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? Richard has fond memories of childhood holidays spent in Bournemouth. The family travelling down from Taunton in their Morris Minor Traveller in the early 1960's. Experiencing his first taste of Camp Coffee, being sick on his Dad's lap watching the ice skating show in Westover Road ice rink. And...
What's the story? After a visit to Durlston Country Park, 2 miles up the hill from Swanage town centre, head south to Anvil Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse built from locally quarried stone was completed in 1881 and gives a clear line to the west from Portland Bill and to the east, guides vessels...
What's the story? We visited Durlston Country Park, Swanage on a cold March day just after the birth of our first grandchild. Having taken lots of shots Richard decided the view of the Great Globe with the top of the Castle in the background made the best composition. Constructed in Greenwich...
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?Kimmeridge Bay is a favourite for the Watkin clan, summer holidays are incomplete without a visit to the bay for some fossil hunting and mucking about in the rock pools. This painting was inspired by a photo taken by our son-in-law on one such visit. The ruggedness of the...
What's the story? Richard took the ferry to Brownsea Island late one summer and got some great shots of the iconic buildings on Poole quay on the way back. The yellow ferry featured is the one that goes from Sandbanks to Brownsea, a nice way to spend the day when the weather...
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? 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...
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.
13th May - Lulworth Castle Motor Show > More info
27th & 28th May - Open Studio, Wimborne > More info
3rd June - Walled Garden Moreton Summer Fete > More info
9th & 10th June - Wimborne Folk Festival (Olive Branch) > More info
30th June & 1st July - Shake & Stir, Southbourne > More info
15th July - Poole Goes Vintage, Poole Quay > More info
28th & 29th July - Mudeford Arts Festival > More info
15th August - Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show > More info
18th & 19th August - Canford School Gourmet Food & Garden Show > More info
23rd August - Melplash Show, Bridport > More info
1st & 2nd September - Dorset County Show > 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 - 52cm x 72cm which includes a 2cm white border which can be altered if necessary to fit an 'off the shelf' frame
Calendars - These are A4 when folded, so easy to pop in the post as a pressie. Double A4 when opened and hanging.