"What a really lovely evening. Generous and welcoming atmosphere. As a fairly new arrival to Portland, it was great to see such vision. I really believe this little island will become a part of Dorset that will cease to be overlooked. A great introduction to your gallery." Janette :)

Keith 'Kitt' Athay

Kitt has been a contemporary collage seascape and abstract artist for over 20 years. He studied at Bath College and University of South Wales. His work has been exhibited both in the UK and overseas, in particular: London, New York and The Hamptons, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore.

His love of the sea has drawn him to the Isle of Portland and is now a welcome resident artist.

He attaches collage materials such as sheet music, vintage maps, botanical diagrams and newspaper cuttings to large canvases and uses these as a background to his paintings. The viewer initially sees a coastal scene, often West Country fishing ports, and then on closer inspection finds a whole world of text and illustration lying beneath the paint layers.

Only Kitt is signed to DeMontfort and Quantum Contemporary Art galleries but you can enjoy a fabulous experience in Athay Gallery of incredibly talented local artists' work here on Portland in Dorset.


Clarendon Fine Art

Keith Athay - Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

Clarendon Fine Art

11 High Street, Marlow,

Buckinghamshire SL7 1AU


01628 472 795

Whitewall Galleries

Whitewall Galleries - Keith Athay


Customer Service 01543 624990

Quantum Contemporary Art

Quantum Contemporary Art - Keith Athay

The Imperial Laundry
71 – 73 Warriner Gardens,
London, SW11 4XW, UK

Tel: +44 207 498 6868
Mob/Cell: Tel: +44 7765 255800
Email: info@quantumart.co.uk

Featured Artists

Lyn Kirkland


Lyn Kirkland is unique in her layering of encaustic wax, mixed media and pigment creating an authentic and tactile artwork. This style of art medium gives warmth and depth whilst capturing Portland's natural essence of it's wild yet beautiful and diverse landscape.

Brian Freelander

Brian Freelander - Tower Bridge, London

Brian has fused graphics, illustration, architectural drawing and painting into imaginative showpieces. Detail, colour and perspective are united and transformed yet still retain movement and energy. 

Steve Neville

Steve Neville - Ceramicist with an Asian-inspired style

Steve Neville creates Asian-inspired ceramic pieces using a variety of techniques and firing processes to produce these unique and original vessels. Working with a limited colour palette, he brings out the raw qualities of the mediums he works with. Great as gifts for family and friends but even better to keep for yourself!

Debra Sweeney


Debra has created an enviable unique style of her own using very simplistic marks, collage and a limited colour palette. Combined graphic and organic energy invites us into her paintings with sweeping lines giving a contemporary conclusion. Working in large format, her work makes a real statement to the viewer.

Holly Yates


Holly has a unique affinity with textiles and this clearly shows in her work. She is able to cleverly inter-twine thread and fabrics by manipulating them to achieve incredible results. Using an inspired colour palette from the environment around her, she gathers inspiration from the many facets of Portland island in Dorset.

Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates - Ceramicist and painter, Portland in Dorset

Stephen has the incredible ability to adapt to most art mediums. Known for his ceramics and paintings, he has accomplished variable styles that encapsulate different processes, materials and techniques with utmost finery and finish. Stephen is an established artist on Portland in Dorset, and also passes on his creative knowledge to enthusiastic audiences!

John Davey

John Davey - Sailing Yacht Portland Stone sculptures

John creates his work with the simplicity of shape and form in mind naturally occurring in nature. Resulting with each dynamic piece being individual from each other. Made from world-famous Portland Stone, these pieces absorb the energy from the artist with which they are carved.

Harriet Lawrence

Harriet Lawrence - Sail Boats

Harriet has the extraordinary ability to capture the essence of her surroundings through her swathes of vibrant colour and layering of acrylic paint. When viewing her paintings you find yourself suspended in time, mesmerized by the delicate detail and infusion of colour tones.

Angela de Groot

Angela de Groot - "Take me to the Ocean"

Angela is an Artist and Photographer who has the unique ability to create imagery that draws the viewer into her photographs and take them on a journey.

'Finalist' in the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2017. The luminosity and depth to her imagery really gives you a sense of atmosphere - you almost feel as if you are at the location.

Claire Mort

Claire Mort - Textiles and Needlework

Claire's needlework is fun, technically-skilled and colourful. Pop art with a twist! Her playful use of imagery and thought-provoking verses have been admired in the gallery for there confident bold statements delivering a clear message.

She was a finalist in a recent 'National Needlework Awards' and was also asked to be a columnist in 'Be Creative with Workbox' magazine. You can find more information about Claire on her artists profile.

Jason Hartley

Jason Hartley - Querky furniture-maker

Jason has been designing querky yet functional furniture for some time. His love of carpentry, colour, design and fusing natural and man-made materials means his pieces are literally 'works-of-art'. These four artworks were created along with Kitt Athay and are signed by both artists!

Mandy Robertson

Mandy Robertson - Abstract Painter

Mandy has been creating her sensational abstract paintings over a number of years. Her work has been sold both in the UK and Italy. She has a distinctive style, enveloping an ethereal quality to her artwork. Spiritually and environmentally led by her creativity she creates swathes of colour wash embracing bold brushstroke application to her chosen bases of canvas or board.

The Athay Collection

Dawn Sprake

Dawn Sprake -

Dawn creates whimsical harbour scenes from driftwood found on Chesil Beach, Portland and transforms them into magical artworks that transport you back to bygone times proving very popular with our visitors, we think you'll love them too!

John Mills

John Mills - "Poppy Beach" abstract photography

John's expert eye for detail and colour has allowed him to create unique and stunning abstract imagery from everyday objects. Selecting small sections using a macro lense, he highlights areas to give the impression of landscapes.

Rebecca Guyett

Rebecca Guyett - "Cooking Oil" original print

Rebecca is very adaptable in her creative abilities and techniques, always experimenting with textures, mediums and colour resulting in some truly outstanding work either with her paintings or original prints. With her graphics background she has an eye for detail and composition. 

Podi Lawrence

Podi Lawrence - Old Harry's Rocks

Podi is an established artist on the Royal Manor and Isle of Portland.  Her painting career has taken her world-wide and she often returns to Greece to share her passion of art with people through workshops and courses. Light & shadow and colour are fundamental to her design disciplines, often she will paint simplistic scenes of garden walls with shadows from trees and shrubs dancing across brilliant white backgrounds leaving the viewer with a calming sense of peace.

Sue Fawthrop

Sue Fawthrop - Portland Bill painting

Sue is primarily a 'Plein Air' artist and enjoys encompassing the experience of the outdoors which is reflected within her paintings. A richness of colour and expert brush stroke releases an energy within each piece transforming a visual experience into an artwork to enjoy forever. 

Alexandra McAllister

Alexandra McAllister - "Briny Deep I" Acrylic abstract framed

Alexandra has ventured into painting and ceramic art having fulfilled her degree some years ago in Graphic Design. She is also an avid photographer and resources materials, textural imagery and ideas from all manner of sources.

A much more loose and fluid style has helped her to break away from the graphical constraints, and we feel her work is popular with many visitors to the gallery.

Kim Pragnell

Kim Pragnell Oil paintings

Kim paints powerful and evocative seascapes capturing the mood of squally seas. His ability to focus the viewer intently through his brushstrokes and limited colour palette is testament to his experience and observations of the power and force of the sea.

Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw - Bronze and Bronze resin sculpture of lurcher dogs "Dominance"

Jane embodies the characteristic personality and behaviour of each animal in her bronze and bronze resin creations. The viewer is presented with every impression of the artists indentation in the clay or wax medium which is then transferred to the bronze cast upon finish. Beauty from nature into bronze.

Sue Fawthrop


Sue is primarily a 'Plein Air' artist and enjoys encompassing the experience of the outdoors which is reflected within her paintings. A richness of colour and expert brush stroke releases an energy within each piece transforming a visual experience into an artwork to enjoy forever. 

Carol Cruickshank

Carol Cruickshank - "The Other Side of the Harbour", applique SOLD

Carol has combined a love of fabric, sewing and art and expertly creates stunning applique artworks. Depicting well-known areas around Portland and Weymouth, she cleverly utilizes patterns to provide the viewer with an array of textures through her hand-sewn pieces.

Spencer Whyte


Spencer has honed his skills to create these beautiful and functional tables.  Made from Travertine, Resin, Chrome or brushed steel they encompass the contours of sites around England and International areas too. Commissions are welcomed and encouraged.

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Athay Studio and Gallery

Portland Marina - 21 Hamm Beach Road, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset DT5 1DX

Above The Mess Deck Cafe and Cove Yachts Boat Brokers 07508 071 826

Opening Hours


Mon - Weds: Closed

(Open Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 3pm)

Thurs - Fri: 10am - 3pm

Sat: 10am-5pm

Sun: 10am - 4pm

*We are often in the studio Mon-Weds so please knock on the door as we're happy to open the gallery for you!

**See our Facebook page and 'Events Calendar' for occasional evening openings and events