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William Traill Annal

This is a sketch from the Kent Faces series, which I belief appeared in the Orkney Herald in the 1950s. It features my Grandfather, William Traill Annal (1898 - 1960),and from the words I think he must have been very memorable. He died on the evening of the Queen's visit on the 12 August 1960.
Picture added on 09 May 2012 at 17:44
What a splendid portrait! Can't think of who KC might be (probably kick myself when I find out). I assume you don't know, Donald, or you'd have told us. A master of the art of drawing anyway, with a fine subject for the deployment of his talents.
Added by Ian Hourston on 09 May 2012
Sorry for saying 'his' instead of 'his or her'. If I explain it was because there's something inherently masculine in the artist's style, and then it turns out to be a woman, I'll only make matters worse. So 'nuff said.
Added by Ian Hourston on 10 May 2012
Keith Clements art teacher KGS ?
Anonymous comment added on 10 May 2012
KC was Keith Clements who was an art teacher at Kirkwall Grammar School in the 1950's
Added by T Tullock on 11 May 2012
I'm sure you're right Anonymous. According to an obituary on the net (he died 27 Nov 2003, aged 72) Keith Clements taught in Orkney 1955-58. He was a highly regarded artist, and no doubt - for those interested in such sordid matters - Mr Holloway's portrait will be worth a bob or two. (How's that for fine-art valuation?) Clements would have been about 27 when he drew it, but already on top of his game.
Added by Ian Hourston on 12 May 2012
Keith Clements painted a portrait in oils of my late father which I still have.
Added by R Kelday on 14 May 2012
Off course it's a splendid portrait the man in the picture is an Annal all male Annals are handsome beasts just ask Donald
Added by Reg Annal on 15 May 2012
Any chance of seeing your oil on OIL, R Kelday? A Keith Clements thread must have some mileage left in it (plus I haven't heard yet from BBC Antiques Roadshow re joining their team of experts).
Added by Ian Hourston on 17 May 2012
Didn´t he live in Barranquilla and Cartagena Colombia for a few years to study Mayan and Indian art found in the Costal areas?
Added by Eric Stout on 20 May 2012
You are welcome to see the portrait Mr Hourston
Added by R Kelday on 21 May 2012
That would be a pleasure Mr Kelday (especially if you'd let me photograph it for possible submission to this site)! I'm the only Dr I Hourston in the phonebook if that helps.
As regards your query Eric, there's nothing about a South American sojourn in the only obituary (extract) I could find. Or are you just ribbing about those Costal areas?
Added by Ian Hourston on 21 May 2012
Ian, Keith Clements ¨KC¨ was an artist who lived in Barranquilla Colombia to study Native Indian Art @ the Univ of Atlantico. He also spent time near Santa Marta with the Indigenous Indian groups who originated in the Sierra Nevada´s. This could be a different Keith Clements that Eric is referring to, not sure. Just an FYI, if you are interested in Indian and Mayan art, Santa Marta has a large ¨Cultural Historic District¨ and the Univ of Atlantico (Very old Univ) still has a fantastic cultural arts program, but you would need to be pretty fluent in Spanish to study there. Barranquilla has a cultural exchange program involving the arts however I am not sure who you contact for the program. Carnaval de Barranquilla is also a huge event held every year in Feb to celebrate the countries rich cultural heritage. Hope the info helps.
Added by Richard Starks on 26 May 2012
I think that's the wrong Keith Clements. After teaching in Orkney, Keith left in 1958 to return to his native Sussex with his wife, Jackie (nee Sinclair). He painted and lectured in Sussex until he died in late 2003. His wife, Jackie, still visits Orkney once or twice a year.
Added by Margaret Kirkness on 05 June 2012
Margaret, I am sure you are correct. The Keith Clements ¨KC¨ I am thinking of was a North American artist / student who would have been in Barranquilla Colombia in 1997 (when I met him) studying at the University of Atlantico. I missed the stated age of 72 years in the obituary of the Keith Clements who died in 2003. SORRY for any confusion I might have added to this discussion.
Added by Richard Starks on 19 June 2012
Richard, thanks for your comments. Understandable confusion with both artists having the same name! Thanks for all your info about the 'other' Keith Clements - it was very interesting to read about him.
Added by Margaret Kirkness on 20 June 2012
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