The work of John Ketchell


John Ketchell is internationally renowned as amotorsport artist. Ketchell has beencommissioned to producework by many leadingcompanies and private individuals. HisImpressionist style allows him to really portray the feeling of speed and movement in hisspectacular paintings. “I’ll paint anything that moves” he explains “I’ve done speedboats,aircraft and horses in a polo-themed series, but cars are my first love.”Whilst at art school in Preston studying graphics he'd regularly take inspiration from thecar park outside. As an ad agency illustrator and later a stop-frame animator Ketchellbecame discouraged when the development of computers started to take over theindustry and started to paint full time.Having begun with photo-realism which Ketchell quickly found frustrating he movedtowards his now recognisable impressionistic, semi-abstract style. “I was a fan of theFrench Impressionists, and thought it would be a good direction to capture speed.”Acrylics suited his new style and his bold captivating paintings were soon in demand:“Jim Clarkwas my hero and the 1960’s and 30’s are my favourite periods. The shape ofthe subjects is a key factor and the big sports-prototypes such as the 917, T70 andGT40 have always excited me. The balance of danger against speed of the silver arrows– particularly the Auto Unions – is also part of the appeal.”


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