Meet the Artist: Chris Kettle

by David Donno

Artist Chris Kettle

Artist Chris Kettle

Brighton based artist Chris Kettle is exhibiting at the gallery as part of the Dada+8 exhibition which runs until the 24th December. Throughout his artistic career, Chris has become well known as a still life artist and adds a modern twist to this age-old genre.  We meet Chris to find out a little bit more...

What is the role of the artist in society?
It would be difficult not to evolve?...I think we all evolve during our lives even if it's a steady evolution - it keeps things interesting, I like watching other Artists develop too, I'd be disappointed if they didn't, but we all evolve in our own time.

Still Life of Fruit and Flowers - Chris Kettle

Still Life of Fruit and Flowers - Chris Kettle

How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
Art means a lot to me as it's so completely infused with my life – I’ve been doing it for a long time now so it's almost part of my DNA...  I'm conscious of overplaying Art's importance - but if it was taken away I'm sure we would be hugely deprived. I think we need the mystery and magic of Art in all its forms.

In your opinion, what makes a memorable piece of art?
Art is so endlessly varied, complex and personal in what 'moves' you, but some paintings have a depth and soul that can be awe inspiring. Generally it's a combination of technique, concept, aesthetic quality and mystery.....the greatest art defies fashion and transcends time - but to find out you may have to wait 100 years...

Where do you find your inspiration?
I think good Artists can make Art out of anything, but I find standing in front of a blank canvas is hugely inspiring - you don't want to stand there for too long, it's where the challenge begins and you have to hit it with energy, confidence and hope. Inspiration often comes disguised as hard work.

How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
I think the paintings I produce must somehow surpass the initial vision that I've had in my head, if it does and I've pushed the painting as far as I can, (or as far as it needs) then it's finished....for now.

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