Journal: John Ketchell Paints Semi-Abstract Racing Fury

John Ketchell Paints Semi-Abstract Racing Fury

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
January 17, 2014
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John Ketchell Paints Semi-Abstract Racing Fury

Mr. John Ketchell describes his style as “semi abstract,” which allows him “more freedom to interpret the subject matter.” His backgrounds are typically painted with thick, parallel brush strokes that keep the eye moving and, in some cases, contrasted against perpendicular strokes used to create a focal point.

His subjects are painted with finer brushes and much tighter strokes (than the backgrounds) that allow the appearance of some necessary detail. But he particularly enjoys painting night and rainy race scenes because of the atmosphere that is created with the spray and reflections from lights.

John initially favored a more photo-real style, but found it a bit frustrating. He transitioned, feeling that a more impressionistic style would allow for greater expression.

Favorite automotive topics include cars of the 1930s and 60s, as well as the more famous sports prototypes such as the Ford GT40, Lola T70, and Porsche 917. When not painting, John appropriately enjoys spending time behind the wheel of his own GTD40. His work is on permanent display at the Historic Car Art Gallery in Ticknall, Derbyshire, UK.

To check out John’s personal site, click here.

To purchase original artwork or a print, click here.

Image Sources: www.historiccarart.net

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Ray Beltran
Ray Beltran

I also appreciate the Automotive Artist Feature. Thanks, PLicious.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

I dont know where Petrolicious find these artist but i hope it never stops. Its truely a wonderful thing to wake up to i cant ell you that right now;) I believe what makes this art great is not only the cars involved in the art but how the artist can capture a moment in time..showing a sense of speed and tension in the race. Thats what truly set good art from great art

Ben Lamboeuf
Ben Lamboeuf

Wait ’til you see what artist Tom Fritz does with vintage hot rods and motorcycles…