Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room: Jack Kettlewell (5-30 Jun 2019)

Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room

Jack Kettlewell, Green Glades, Green Shades
Exhibition Dates: 5-30 June 2019

Jack Kettlewell is a painter based at Thames-Side Studios in 2-56.

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye neatly weaves several motifs I’d been working up to over the preceding years, namely the painter’s glove, which became a palm tree, which became the glove again, going back and forth. The painter’s glove felt like a self portrait, the hand, a painting about making painting. The hand became a framing device.

Contrasted with the chance natural element of the palm tree, with its sense of exoticism, this seemed far removed from the painter’s studio, and suggested mythical art historical tropes. The works that followed Say Hello, Wave Goodbye riff on these contrasts.

The following words became touchstones as I worked:
Air guitar, agent Cooper, Alcázar of Seville, Arcades, Bacchanalia, Beefheart, Le Buveur d'absinthe 1859, botanic, Charnel House, Crosseyed and Painless, exotica, google maps, grid system, #, Tony Hancock, harlequin, jade, Let’s see, low lying fruit, Modern Lovers, Music in the Tuileries, mythology (Greek/Barthes/Krauss), noir, palm, paradise (lust/lost), pink angels, redux, remake/remodel, Scott Joplin, stumblebum, tarot variations, Trivaux Pond, trompe l’oeil, trope, urban tropicana

List of works:
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, 2016
Emerald Aisles, 2017
A Forest, 2018
Black Box, unfinished, 2019

For more on Jack Kettlewell's work go to and Instagram @jack.kettlewell

Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room is located on the ground floor of Unit 8. Entrance to Unit 8 is via The Atrium. Turn left upon entering the main site, walk through The Atrium turning to the left, to find the exhibition located between studios TB-10 and TB-09. For more information email

Viewing Room, Unit 8
Thames-Side Studios
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR

Images: work details courtesy the artist, 2019