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Peter Kettle RCA: Everest Basecamp


Exhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration.

Artist Peter Kettle FRSA RCA has created an extraordinary collection of artwork from rubbish he helped clear during a gruelling expedition to Everest Basecamp. The Bristol-based artist said the purpose of the trip was to try to help with the collection of litter but also to highlight the growing concerns of this environmental issue, documenting the challenge through painting and film. During the 14-day trek, Peter, who has been painting landscapes for the past ten years, would hike up to seven hours a day, meandering up lush green valleys, stopping off at villages to take stock, often giving room to yaks and donkeys taking supplies to Everest and back. Some training before arriving in Nepal certainly helped, but sporadic inclines and the fact he was carrying 18 kilos of art and hiking equipment did take its toll. Peter says sketching and painting the trek to Basecamp, became a process of discovery with every piece of litter collected. Initially, it began as an expedition to paint en plein air paintings on large canvas and contribute in a small way to collecting refuse en route. However, incorporating the litter into collage paintings was a very novel approach for him. Once back in his studio in Bristol, Peter then spent seven months using the field studies and en plein air paintings on canvas, to create larger impressions and abstracts of the collage series on to canvas. "I referred only every so often to photographs and sketches, opting for a freer approach over the representational style of the field studies. But seeing the paintings and collage works juxtaposed together, encompasses a lot of what I wanted to achieve in this exhibition, something expressive and documentary."