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Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley

Born: 1964

Hometown: Johannesburg

Based in: South Africa

Painting and drawing is an integral part of my life, and has been since a very early age. At the moment I am interested in formal elements of painting and drawing inspired by the world around me and the many countries I visit, and in finding meaning where others do not - in the fall of light on a sandy building in Riyadh, the chaos of the shacks of Kampala, the crowded taxi parks of Johannesburg. My art is a search for perfection that is not often found in life. I am fortunate enough to travel widely in the Middle East and Africa, but I have not found my Tahiti - a landscape populated with primary colours, instead I find landscape covered in sandy construction sites, tin roofed shacks, humanity sweating as trucks our loaded with voluminous bundles. But within these spaces there is balance and form and structure - all elements that are abstracted in my paintings.

Qualifications: MFA Wits University 2018


11 works for sale

The Leopard VIII: Don Fabrizio's Mistress

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 2,875

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In-action Leads Nowhere by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 2,000

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Anthill of the Savannah III by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 2,700

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The Leopard: The short life of the truth by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

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The Leopard IX : The Bridge by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 3,000

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The Leopard V: Tancredi by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 1,500

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Brave New World : Junction 8 by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 350

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Land fill/fall(Side A) by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 800

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The Leopard IV: Reliquary by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 1,500

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Zebra I by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 800

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For Mona by Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley, South Africa

Painting

US$ 500

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Richard Ketley In The Studio

"My studio is located in downtown Johannesburg -in an art deco building that was once a rolls royce showroom. Now the area is very very different. The studio plays an incredibly important role in my creative practice - half meditative, half production. Studio visits can be arranged through the Artling"

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More About Richard Ketley

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What inspires you?

Although my work is abstract it is almost always inspired by a combination of story and place - and I spend a huge amount of time travelling. Almost all my work is produced in series in response to specific theme.

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Describe your creative process.

My creative process is trigggered by the interaction between place and story, sound light and an emotion. These are captured in notes, collage and sketches and then worked up in the studio.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Now, felt, bold

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

I am inspired by Guagain, Manuel Felguerez, Robert Motherwell

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Very large brushes

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Keep going to the studio.. and it will come right

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Where do you go for inspiration?

African cities and ports


Collections featuring Richard Ketley

2 Collections

Abstract Paintings

80 Artists, 88 Products

Last Updated Mar 01, 2021

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79 Artists, 95 Products

Last Updated Nov 23, 2020

Abstract Artworks Under $1,000

79 Artists, 95 Products

Last Updated Nov 23, 2020


Credentials

Education

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa, 2018

Exhibitions

Rust and Freedom

2020

Boda Boda and the Bacchus

2019

Swahili

2019

Sikka Fair Installation

2019

Watershed

2018

Wayfarers

2018

The Point of Order

2018

Night Landing

2017

Whats Art For?

2017

Closer than Ever

2017

Call and Response

2016

Awards

SA Taxi Art Shortlist

2016

SA Taxi Art Shortlist

2015

Education

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa, 2018

Exhibitions

Rust and Freedom

2020

Boda Boda and the Bacchus

2019

Swahili

2019

Sikka Fair Installation

2019

Watershed

2018

Wayfarers

2018

The Point of Order

2018

Night Landing

2017

Whats Art For?

2017

Closer than Ever

2017

Call and Response

2016

Awards

SA Taxi Art Shortlist

2016

SA Taxi Art Shortlist

2015

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