Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley

Johannesburg, Guateng, South Africa

About Richard Ketley

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.


MFA Fine Art Wits University 2018


Sandon Gallery, Johannesburg, various 1982-1987
Nommo Gallery, Kampala, 1993
50: Private exhibition, Johannesburg, 2015
Call / Response Art Clip Africa, Lagos, 2016
Call / Response The Gavin Project, Johannesburg 2016
The Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg 2016
Summer Salon, AVA, Cape Town
Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, 2017
Closer than Ever, Momo Gallery, Cape Town, 2017
Whats Art For, Cape Town, 2017
Night Landings, Johannesburg, 2017
Art Makes Water, Millnerton Gallery, Kampala, 2018
Creekskyde, Sikka 2018, Dubai
0|32, The Point of Order, Johannesburg 2018
Wayfarers, ArchiAfrica, Accra, 2018