PAINTING IN PATAGONIA
The project was inspired by Kyffin Williams, 50 years ago to this year; who painted in this part of Patagonia in 1968. This made an indelible mark on the project knowing that he painted in this part of the world. It was also important for Kettle to create his own interpretation, and story of Patagonia, and explore areas that took his interest. Green and Kettle began by hiking across the Torres Del Paine National Park, and shortly after scaled Mt. Fitz Roy; a challenging feat carrying 18kilos each of equipment. Kettle took a 6 Metre roll of heavy canvas in a backpack and unrolled the canvas at the summit of these hikes. He painted en plein air paintings at the top of some very cold summits. These paintings, sketches and photos were eventually brought back for a major solo show at the Albany Gallery, Cardiff 2018 and Feb 2019.
In 2017, Peter Kettle travelled with friend and Filmmaker Alexander Green to the Welsh settlers first point of contact, Puerto Madryn, and onto the welsh heritage towns of Trelew and Gaimon and the extraordinary coastline of the Peninsula Valdes. The immediate response was the expansive arid deserts, and what the Welsh settlers must have thought when they first arrived; how they were going to start a new life here. Kettle painted and documented the journey in a collection of paintings and sketches titled ‘Painting In Patagonia’
Below is a collection of sketches and watercolours made throughout Patagonia and Wales in the past year. Click below to view the series of works on paper.