pop art paintings by doug kemp from the 2000s

About The Artist Doug Kemp – Doug describes himself as a colour and lineman who ‘colleagues’ anything seen or felt from his life and time span – it’s called zeitgeist these days.

Doug has just as much love of 10th Century Romanesque wall painting as the golden age of comics, which are all defined as line and colour people. He is an Industrial City Painter, which used to be called a Modernist fifty years ago. Many things and people have influenced him, in particular Art Deco, Fernand Leger and Max Beckmann. Picasso is widely quoted as having said “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.”

Now in his eighties, his work output is still prolific, spending time every day in his Suffolk studio on large scale paintings and preparation for printmaking. His work is narrative with dark forces within a comic style. With themes that embrace retro times, his characters are simultaneously humorous, tragic, sexy and visually dynamic.

Doug’s works can be found in private and public collections in the UK, Europe and USA.

About the Pop artist Doug Kemp

Told to me on my 1st day of art School

“Douglas! The first thing you lose going to art school is your artistic virginity, then you spend the rest of your life trying to get it back”

Stuart Ray, head of school, Walthamstow

“Still trying Stuart”

Doug Kemp

Doug Kemp in 1968

Doug Kemp studied art at Walthamstow College of Art and graduated from The Royal Academy of Arts Schools in the sixties. He was a senior lecturer at Loughborough College of Art and Design from 1971 to 1993.

He has a repertoire of characters that appear and reappear in his paintings, prints and works on paper. His work is narrative with dark forces within a comic style. With themes that embrace retro times, his characters are simultaneously humorous, tragic, sexy and visually dynamic.

Doug Kemp’s work is enjoyed by collectors in the US and Europe.

Doug produces work as an acrylic painting on canvas works on paper and lino-cuts. His artist’s statement best describes what he is about: “People who like putting people into pigeon holes, place me in the Pop Art hole, but I’m not a Pop Artist really, although perhaps a first cousin. I’m an Industrial City Painter, which used to be called a Modernist fifty years ago.

I am a colour and lineman who ‘colleagues’ anything seen or felt from his life and times and it’s called zeitgeist these days. I have just as much love of 10th Century Romanesque wall painting as the golden age of comics, all line and colour people. Everything and

“Doug produces work as an acrylic painting on canvas, works on paper, silkscreens and lino-cuts.”

everyone has influenced me, in particular the Art Deco, Fernand Leger and Max Beckmann. It doesn’t seem to be popular to have heroes these days but I have no wish to respond to current developments, provoke debates, challenge, innovate, be groundbreaking, use the body of sight of inquiry or exploration or protest; OR any other verbals that are used today to justify non-visual work

Bio, Education & Exhibition History

Doug Kemp was born on 12th September 1939 and, because of Mr. Hitler and the start of ww2, it was near Bath rather than his family home in Walthamstow (East London).

STUDIES: 1959 – 1969

  • Walthamstow College of Art
  • Royal Academy Schools
  • Teaching Fellowship at Gloucestershire College of Art (2 years)

RESIDENCIES: 1982 1990

  • Hospitalfields House, Arbroath (artist in residence) Cyprus School of Art

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1971 – 1993

  • Senior Lecturer at Loughborough College of Art and Design

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

  • Group Show, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich
  • Group Open, Kettle’s Yard Open, Cambridge*
  • Group Show, 30 Years Fellows Show, Cheltenham Fellowships*
  • Group Show, Absolute Secret, Royal College of Art, London
  • Group Show, On the Border, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich* One-man Show, Artists and Art Lovers, Gainsborough House, Sudbury*
  • One-man Show, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich
  • One-man Show, Byard Gallery, Cambridge
  • Three-man Show, with Bob Scriven & John Kiki, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich
  • One-man Show, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich One-man Show, Warehouse Gallery, Lowestoft One-man Show,
  • One-man Show, The Star Gallery, Michigan City, Illinois, USA Mixed Show, Eyestorm Gallery, Ipswich
  • Group Show, Wahrenberger, Zurich
  • Norwich Royal Theatre
  • Barry Jones – Skyhigh Gallery One-man Show, Chelmsford University
  • One-man Show, River Side Gallery, VEA Chelmsford One-man Show, Warehouse Gallery, Lowestoft One-man Show, Waldringfield Gallery, Several Group with RASEAG old R/A Schools people
  • Three-man Show, Bungay Neptune Theatre, (after two days the show shut down due to coronavirus, might be my longest ever unseen show)

that is about death (of spirit), not about life and the love of it.

This certainly puts me out of fashion most of the time. Painting for me is like marriage, sometimes rough, sometimes very rough, but you stay with it because you are committed and the bottom line is, you love it.

Artist Representation

UK: Norman Kemp / Luke Kemp
Via this site’s contact page

Zurich: Danni Wahrenberger https://www.gallerywahrenberger.com/

Contact Artist Doug Kemp

Norman, Doug and Luke Kemp

Doug and computers don’t really get along so well. So, Doug’s brother, Norman, and his son, Luke, handle the correspondence on this website. Use the contact form to message us.

We will talk to Doug directly and then get back to you via email or telephone.

Contact Page

Doug Kemp Pop Art By Decade & Format

Pop Art sorted by decade and format. Ultimate Retro, some of Doug’s paintings are so old they could even be considered antiques in their own right.

Monuments1 Aka Trains Boats Planes 45x50 Inch Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s And Monuments Artist Collection Doug Kemp

2000s Pop Art Collection

2000s pop art artwork, painting and prints from Doug Kemp created between 2000 up to 2022.

Y2k Plus Pop Art Paintings & Prints
Arcadia 1 The Viewing Of Arcadia 50x55 Inches Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1990s Arcadia Pop art Collection Doug Kemp Art

1990s Pop Art Collection

1990s pop art, painting by Doug Kemp created between 1990 and 1999

1990s Pop art Paintings & Prints
Walk On By 72x54 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1980s Gangster Art Series Doug Kemp

1980s Pop Art Collection

1980s pop art, paintings by Doug Kemp created in between 1980 and 1989

1980s Pop Art Collection
Click Clack Click - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1970s Series Doug Kemp Art

1970s Pop Art Collection

19970s pop art, paintings by Doug Kemp created in between 1970 and 1979

1970s Pop Art Collection
Murder In The Red Barn - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1960s Art Collection Doug Kemp Art

1960s Pop Art Collection

1960s pop art, painting by Doug Kemp created in between 1962 and 1969

1960s Pop Art Collection
Moving On Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Divorce Collection Painting Doug Kemp

Pop Art Paintings On Canvas

Pop Art Painted on Canvas.  Doug Kemp Paintings on canvas painted between 1963 & 2022

Canvas Pop Art Paintings
Party Hat 24x24 inches Paper Inches Doug Kemp 1990s Relationships Pop art Online Collection Doug Kemp

Pop Art Paintings On Paper

Pop Art paintings on paper.  Doug Kemp paintings on paper painted in between 1970 & 2022

Pop Art Paintings On Paper