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Oliver Projects presents Jack Kettlewell: Urban Tropicana

  • Blue Shop Cottage 113A Grove Lane London, England, SE5 8BG United Kingdom (map)

For five days only this June Crystal Palace-based artist Jack Kettlewell will be showing new work at Blue Shop Cottage in Camberwell. The exhibition is being presented by Oliver Projects, a new initiative which promotes work by artists based in South London.

The exhibition will celebrate Kettlewell’s works on paper and will launch two new limited edition etchings that will be available to purchase at Blue Shop Cottage and online. Making both figurative and abstract work, Kettlewell’s subject matter is diverse and his palette selectively vibrant. Recent works explore his surroundings from the seemingly mundane landscape of local streets to mischievous tumblers of cocktails, in an examination of beauty and intrigue within the ordinary. In Kettlewell’s words:

‘It tickled me, the notion that a drink could encapsulate an artist - namely the peach Bellini. This fuelled me to make work with a similar sentiment. In making these new prints, it became apparent to me that the printmaker shares something with the ‘mixologist’, which in this regard is serendipitous… it’s all about alchemy.’

Kettlewell was born in 1973 and completed his MA at Staffordshire University. He is a skilled portraitist and has shown work in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Recent exhibitions include the Wells Art Contemporary and the Oriel Davis Open. His work is held in numerous private collections internationally and in the UK. Blue Shop Cottage is a 2-minute walk from Denmark Hill railway station or a short walk from Camberwell Church Street. Opening hours: 10am – 7.30pm.

Oliver Projects promotes and sells works on paper with a special focus upon early and mid-career artists based in South London. Works are shown through a series of temporary exhibitions held in non-gallery spaces, as well as through the Oliver Projects website.


Kindly sponsored by local favourite, Fatty’s Gin