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Stephen Ratomski

Stephen Ratomski
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I seldom start a painting or a print with an image, beginning with an idea that has a relationship to something he has observed. My artwork is a product of concentrated observation of places around me. I record information with photographs, sketches, collaged images and notes.
In my studio I start to combine observations from the landscape or urban settings into a composition, colour relationships, light, shapes and fragments of detail. I relish in the spontaneity of the hand of the artist, freely interpreting brushstrokes, drawn marks, scratches and scrapes. This results in artworks with a strong sense of geometry and design as a means of balancing colours, textures and shapes. My work although abstract in execution, relates closely to seen or felt experiences in specific places. This entices viewers to recognise the environment I see through layers of paint, ink and drawn marks creating complex surfaces capturing a sense of place, a mood or a feeling. My use of hand-made papers highlights my creative skill and dexterity as a painter and printmaker.
My artwork has been called romantic. I work with deep feeling, spirituality and free expression.

Painter and printmaker

Lives and works in Dunfermline, Fife

Email: stephenratomski@aol.com

Graduate in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art (1966-71)
Principal Teacher of Art and Design, Inverkeithing High School, Fife (1997-2003)
Chair, Visual Arts, Dunfermline and West Fife Arts Festival (1995 – 98)
Chairperson, Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop (2007 to 2017)
Founder of Fife Polish Arts Group (2005)
Ordinary member, Scottish Society of Artists

Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2012)

PAI The House for an Art Lover Award (2019)
RSW John Gray Award (2011)

Solo exhibitions
Helensburgh Art Hub Gallery, October 2019
Marks: Paintings and prints, Firestation Creative , Dunfermline 2018
New Paintings and Prints, Community Gallery, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries 2017
Reubens Cafe and Winestore, Dunfermline 2014
Paintings and Prints, Lunardi Gallery Ceres, Fife 2012

Group Exhibitions
Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition, Paisley, 2019
Group Exhibition, Helensburgh Arthub Gallery, July 2019
Artay, Perth Arts Festival, May 2019
Washi Umi O Keote: Paper from across the sea, Kirkintilloch Gallery, March 2019
RSW Winter Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh 2018
Paper Trail, St Andrews Museum, 2018
10 Year Celebration Exhibition, Kinblethmont Gallery, Arbroath 2018
Washi Umi O Keote: Paper from across the sea, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, 2018
Washi Umi O Keote: Paper from across the sea, Carnegie Library& Galleries, 2018
RSW Summer Exhibition, Lillie Gallery Milngavie, 2017
RSW Annual Winter Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2017
RSW Open Exhibition, Stirling, 2016
Paisley Art Institute 128th Annual Exhibition, Paisley, 2016
ArTay, Perth Arts Festival, 2016
RSW Winter Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2015
Print 15, Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline, 2015
Edinburgh Art Fair 2015
3 Artists, Arcade Gallery, Stirling, 2015
ArTay, Perth Arts Festival, 2015
RSW Open Exhibition, Edinburgh 2014
Edinburgh Art Fair 2014
Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop Group Exhibition, St Andrews Art Gallery and Museum, 2015
The Dunfermline Collection, The Bruery, Dunfermline, 2015
RSW Annual
Garden skies
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Garden skies
  • Acrylic
Outdoor jazz, Lucca
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Outdoor jazz, Lucca
  • Acrylic
Calm sunlight Sestri Levante
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Calm sunlight Sestri Levante
  • Acrylic
Lucca old town
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Lucca old town
  • Acrylic
Early Morning, St Andrews
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Early Morning, St Andrews
  • Acrylic
  • Stephen Ratomski
  • Untitled
  • Acrylic