Richard Ketley


South-African. Born in 1964, Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives between Johannseburg and Dubai

Born in 1964, Richard has painted since a young age and held his first solo exhibition while in school at Hyde Park High School, Johannesburg. During his early years he exhibited at Artist in the Sun, the Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg, and also participated in an exhibition at the National Galley in Kampala, Uganda. Today Richard works principally in charcoal, acrylic and oil and seeks to develop images that are drawn from life but extend the viewer’s imagination.

When not painting, Richard runs a consulting business, which opened its Dubai office in 2009.

Education/ Work experience

School at Hyde Park High School, Johannesburg
BA University of Witwatersrand
MSC London University
MFA University of Witwatersrand (to be completed in 2018)
2009 Consulting business at its Dubai office

Artist’s statement

Painting and drawing is an integral part of my life, and has been since a very early age. At the moment I am interested in formal elements of painting and drawing inspired by the world around me and the many countries I visit, and in finding meaning where others do not – in the fall of light on a sandy building in Riyadh, the chaos of the shacks of Kampala, the jumble of exports on a Dubai Creekside, the crowded taxi parks of Johannesburg. My art is a search for perfection that is not often found in life. I am fortunate enough to travel widely in the Middle East and Africa, but I have not found my Tahiti – a landscape populated with many Venuses and primary colours, I find landscape covered in sandy construction sites, tin roofed shacks, humanity sweating as trucks our loaded with voluminous bundles. But within these spaces there is balance and form and structure – all elements that are abstracted in my paintings.

Exhibitions/ Projects

2017 Art Makes Water : Minerton Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
2017 Nights Landings, 70 Juta, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 Whats Art For, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Closer than Ever, Momo Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Summer salon, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 The Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016 Call/ Response The Gavin Project, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016 Call/Response Art Clip Africa, Lagos, Nigeria
2015 50 : Private exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa
1993 Nommo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
1982-1987 Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa