Richard Ketley


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

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.

Artist’s statement

I find meaning where others do not – in the fall of light on a sandy building in Riyadh, the chaos of the shacks of Kampala, the crowded taxi parks of Johannesburg. I travel widely in the Middle East and Africa, and am inspired by these places of contemporary significance; landscape covered in sandy construction sites, tin roofed shacks, humanity sweating as trucks our loaded with voluminous bundles – struggles for hope in adverse contexts. Hope that I create with the form and structure of my work.

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

Exhibitions/ Projects

2023 “Summer Allegory” Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2022 “Babel” Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2021 “Undemolished” 99Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2021 “Insiders”, XVA Gallery, Dubai
2021 “Ceuta” 99Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2020 “Rust and Freedom”, 99Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2019 SikkaFair, Dubai
2019 “Swahili”, XVA Gallery, Dubai
2019 “Boda Boda & Bacchus”, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2018 Wayfarers, Accra
2018 Watershed, Johannesburg
2018 The Point of Order, Johannesburg
2018 SikkaFair, Dubai
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