We have had a fantastic response from the public to Chris Kettle’s solo show ‘stilleven’ – thank you to all who have visited so far! In this interview, Chris gives us an insight into what stilleven is about….
1. Why did you choose ‘stilleven’ as a title for this exhibition?
‘stilleven’ is Dutch for Still Life. I liked the feel of the word and the connection to The Old Masters, who initially inspired me years ago.
2. How would you describe this exhibition?
A showcase for my ‘Festoon’ series on Linen, with some serious back-up, I hope!
3. This is the first time you have experimented with painting on raw linen. What was it that made you want to try it out? How did it differ from your usual primed linen? Are you happy with the result?
Linen is in some ways the ultimate fabric to paint on – it’s thin but strong, has a great texture and weave and a beautiful natural earthy tone in colour. It’s kind of the ‘Rolls Royce’ of surfaces, but is temperamental and tricky to size and stretch. I love the results though – particularly leaving some raw linen on the surfaces.
4. What is your favourite piece in this exhibition and why?
I can’t pick one favourite in particular (like children!) but I have really enjoyed the new ‘Festoon’ series.
The stilleven exhibition runs until the 28th September 2017