City I Live In I Painting by Richard Ketley

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City I Live In I

Richard Ketley

South Africa


Size: 63 W x 39.4 H x 2.4 D in

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About The Artwork

This piece is a made of a heavily patined old wooden door collected from a part of Johannesburg heavily affected by xenophobic rioting . I etched and stained and painted the door until it became a map like surface of my city. I liked the use of an old door from a house, with all the marks of the previous users to create a memory of a city

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Multi-paneled Painting:Acrylic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:63 W x 39.4 H x 2.4 D in

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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 many Venuses and 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.

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