Chris Kettle Artist Biography
Chris Kettle is a degree-educated fine artist who lives and has his studio in Brighton, UK. Chris Kettle has spent most of his artistic career reinterpreting the age-old genre of still life. Heavily inspired by Peter Doig, the Dutch Old Masters and the installation art of Damien Hirst, this unusual grouping of styles fuse to create edgy, urban and contemporary paintings. Chris Kettle grew up and is living now in Brighton, a seaside resort on the Sussex coast. Encouraging by his mother to explore his natural talent, Chris obtained his degree in Fine Art at Cardiff. Chris Kettle paints still life but wants to bring emotion and feeling to the objects he depicts. His art is an exploration and a challenge of a much-ignored genre and where he puts obscure objects in odd arrangements, taking them under intense, almost scientific scrutiny.
Chris Kettle shows a beautiful brush strokes that produce striking and emotional paintings using a mixture of traditional still life subjects and new graphic elements. Chris Kettle describes his paintings as journeys, a culmination of exploring new avenues. Although, he could paint anywhere, he admits the sea does influence his work in allowing the space for the freedom of thought and believes that Brighton is one of the few places where you can be yourself, a diverse city that encourages experimentalism. The artist has shown his incredibly detailed animism-inspired paintings and limited edition prints all over the world for various group and solo exhibitions, including New York, Milan, Switzerland and London, where he has hung alongside the likes of Tracey Emin and Antony Micallef. He can also be found in the Brighton gallery Inkd as well as selling directly to his database of private collectors.
Chris Kettle deserves to be the next big name in the contemporary art market: his subversive approach and his beautiful brush strokes produce striking and emotional paintings using a mixture of traditional still life subjects and new graphic elements bringing emotion and feeling to the objects he depicts.