Lake Artists Society A society of fine artists based in the English Lake District.
 Kevin Chester, elected to the Society 2009 

Examples of work - click images to enlarge

Kevin Chester studied at Manchester and received a Degree in Illustration in 1987. Initially working in Advertising as an Illustrator, he later became a freelance artist and painted portraits, animals, decorative figure pictures and was often asked to paint copies of the Old Masters. In 1996 he was elected a member of the Lake Artists Society but resigned in 1999 when he left the country to live in Brazil.
Whilst in Brazil, Kevin painted society portraits, politicians and even a modern day Catholic saint. He also worked as a restorer and studied the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador - producing paintings based on those studies. In 2001 he and his work appeared on local and national Brazilian TV.
Kevin returned to the UK at the end of 2001, when he moved to the Western Highlands of Scotland. There he enjoyed painting the landscape 'en plein air'. He returned to Cumbria in 2003 and in 2006 was awarded an Honourable Mention in the ARC's International Open Salon in America for his painting 'Baiana de Itapua'. This culminated in an exhibition on the ARC's website - which is dedicated to promoting traditional values in painting, drawing and sculpture.
He draws inspiration from many sources and cultures and enjoys the work of Van Dyck, mid to late Victorian painting in general and the Neo-Classical and Orientalist painters in particular.
Although he has worked in most mediums he now prefers oil painting - enjoying the flexibility and what he sees as the vast potential of the oil painting medium. He has exhibited in Cumbria, Wales, Devon, Scotland, Manchester, London (with the Association of Illustrators and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters) and Brazil.