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Chris Kettle

“I would find it difficult to completely explain my art but it is important that people can gain some insight into it. Most of my work reference my 17 year preoccupation with Still Life. It became apparent to me in the early 90s that painting itself was not a fashionable practice, let alone the area of Still Life. Instinctively, this was a challenge I became obsessed with.

During my college years I saw a lot of installation art, much of it inspired by Damien Hirst, which I really liked – so I started making my own little installations, then painted them in my studio. The journey since then that has taken me through several phases, occasionally diverse, but always within the boundaries of what I consider to be ‘New Still Life’.

I am interested in giving inanimate objects a kind of emotional charge, a soul of their own, in a sense. This is not about technical study, as a lot of Still Life is. It's not all about symbolism, in the old sense, but rather my expression of universal sentiments, if that is possible.

I enjoyed the whole experience of working with Artizan Editions workshop – there was this great feeling of all working for the same cause – to make a new, perfectly executed, original piece of art.”

Chris has had his work shown in the UK, Milan, New York and Switzerland. He has been involved in showing with internationally recognised artists such as Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin. He has also exhibited his work with new upcoming artist Antony Micallef.

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