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York-born artist, David Kettley, was trained at York School of Art and Exeter College of Art, where he was awarded a BA in Fine Art Painting in 1974.

His paintings have developed from Hard Edge Abstraction in the early 1970's, through English Eccentric Realism (Portal Gallery, London), to a style that reflects the British Pop Art tradition that was influential in his training.

The potential of his larger paintings (approx. 10ft x 6ft), has been recognised by commercial concerns. For instance the "Beggars Banquet" series of 6 canvasses for Plunkets Restaurant in York, and the 8 paintings for Harry's Brasserie in Hessle.

He has been involved in educational projects enabling children to experience the artistic process from concept to finished artwork. These include murals in Primary schools at North Rigton, Rufforth and Wheldrake. And for community projects at Wheldrake Youth Club and Fairfield Community Centre in Leeds.

Commercial projects have included decorative paintwork on double decker busses, museum backdrops, and producing artefacts and "antique" signs for educational centres, such as "The Rum Story" in Whitehaven.

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2003 "Banana Armour" Victor J's, York, (one man show)

2002 "Pomp & Circumstance" York College, Art & Design. (group exhibition)

2001 Leeds City Art Gallery Open Exhibition. (group exhibition)

2001 "Portraits" Barbican Centre, York. (one man show)

2001 Slug and Lettuce, York (group exhibition)

2001 Victor J's, York (group exhibition)

2001 Barbican Centre, York (group exhibition)

2001 Borders Book Shop, York (group exhibition)

2000 York City Art Gallery, (group exhibition)

1999 "Green Fingers", City Gallery, Leicester. (group exhibition)

1997 The Chapel, York Cemetery. (joint exhibition)

1996 Beningbrough Hall (one man show)

1994 Portal Gallery Summer Exhibition. (group exhibition)

1993 York City Art Gallery Open Exhibition. (group exhibition)

1992 Beningbrough Hall. (one man show)

1990 Waterstones, York. (one man show)

1988 Portal Gallery Christmas Exhibition, London. (group exhibition)

1988 "The Art of the Possible", Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. (one man show)

1986 Northern Rock Building Society, York. (one man show)

1982 Plunkets Restaurant, Norwich, (one man show)

1981 Plunkets Restaurant, York. (one man show)

1980 Plunkets Restaurant, York. (one man show)

1980 "Six", York City Art Gallery. (group exhibition)

1979 York Arts Centre. (one man show)

1977 York Theatre Royal. (one man show)

1975 Wentworth College, York University. (one man show)

 

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