Peter Kettle FRSA RCA was recently voted in as a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and member of the Royal Cambrian Academy (RCA). He has travelled extensively; taking on ambitious and physically challenging projects to explore his work.
Interview from the Palette Pages
Self-taught or Art School?
“I illustrated at a young age; sketching the faces of musicians from photographs. Drawing was an integral past-time for me. I always sketched, doodled and composed ideas onto the page. However, it wasn't until I studied A level Art at West Buckland School, North Devon, that a visceral passion for landscape art began.
I studied under Nikki DeMarco and Nigel Minard. Each brought their own school of thought and approach. DeMarco - contemporary landscape artist - introduced me to the works of Kurt Jackson, Michael Honnor and Joan Eardley. Minard instilled the traditional techniques of painting with different mediums and composition.”
How and why did you become a Landscape Painter?
“I went on to complete an Art Foundation at Cardiff and began to explore more abstract forms of landscape with mixed media. It was a great experience to be able to dedicate a year to experimenting and to have guidance from Artist/Teachers. I then hit a juncture in my life and didn't have the foresight to see how I was going to to forge a career in the arts. It wasn't that I was disinterested, but unable to see how a full-time job could be made out of art. I also felt that I was teaching myself along the way and could continue down a self-taught route having been giving the skills from school and foundation. I went on to do a degree in Media Studies and English Language. After University I worked in Television and documentary filmmaking. I went on long shoots across the UK and saw incredible landscapes in Scotland, North Wales and Yorkshire. My passion for landscape art was rekindled and I painted constantly in my spare time. It became a healthy obsession. I juggled working and pursuing my hobby with every available evening. Eventually I exhibited locally, then nationally and eventually it became a full-time job.”
How would you describe your style?
I aim not for a representation of the scene but for an interpretation of the rhythm and mood of the landscape. The gestures and marks made on canvas – in the studio - are free responses to the experience of sketching in-situ. I use a range of tools to paint – Sticks, palette knives, Rags, wooden boards - and drew early inspiration from the energetic and unique application of media of Anselm Kiefer.
ETHEREAL LANDSCAPES: MARCH 2019
Susie Hodge interviews Peter Kettle regarding his working process, inspirations and approach to mark-making.