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Sat, 04 Jul


99 Loop Gallery

Richard Ketley

Richard Ketley is a South African artist based in Johannesburg. Ketley is interested in formal elements of painting and drawing inspired by the world around him. His abstract paintings are inspired by idiosyncratic moments of meaning the artist has experienced on his travels.

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Richard Ketley
Richard Ketley

Time & Location

04 Jul 2020, 11:00 – 25 Jul 2020, 14:00

99 Loop Gallery, 99 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

About the Exhibition

Richard Ketley | Rust and Freedom

Richard Ketley’s ‘Rust and Freedom’ presents a selection of work from the artist’s Tazara series. The series takes inspiration from the eponymous Tazara Railway connecting the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania with the copper belt of Zambia’s Central Province. Built in the early 1970s with Chinese support, the railway played an important role in the pan-Africanist vision of newly independent African countries. Ketley’s work reflects upon the railway as a symbol of economic development, independence and complex relationships that linger on the continent today. Imbued with movement, Ketley’s abstract works are a response to the Tazara train journey itself. Part storytelling, part reflection- ‘Rust and Freedom’ draws on both the concept of multi-panelled Chinese landscape-painting and action-painting inspired by a journey along the railway line.

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