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Brave New World : Junction 8

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Brave New World : Junction 8

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Richard Ketley

US$ 350

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2020

Acrylic and charcoal on drafting film

Unique Work

Dimensions: 30cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 1cm (D) / 11.8" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 0.4" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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The title " brave new world" refers to the book of the same name - which is all about the world not being as good as people hope, and "Junction 8" is a new motorway junction being constructed on the highway between Nairobi and the airport, where I spent a night in a half finished hotel. In Africa people are all trying to achieve brave new world, but at the moment it feels more like a construction site. The work is exected on drafting film which is a translucent medium which allows me to work on both sides - thus preserving and combining the drawing in the painting. I was trying to capture the sense of "unfinishedness" of the world with this technique.

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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

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