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About The Pop Artist Doug Kemp

About The Pop Artist Doug Kemp2023-10-16T06:56:46+00:00
doug Kemp Pop Art Doug Walthamstow London Artist Born UK 1939

All About The UK Pop 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. He has described himself, slightly tongue in cheek, as a Pre Post Modernist and still maintains the term Pop Art is just an acceptable pigeonhole (actually stuffed with it by Luke) but not an all-encompassing description of his work.

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

Galleries & Agents

Zurich: Danni Wahrenberger, Claudius Ochsner and Thomas Schafflützel.
https://gallerywahrenberger.com/

London: Paul Nitsche.
https://johnjacobsstudio.co.uk/

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.

Doug Kemp Art Collections

Six decades as an artist with nearing 500 peices of artwork from Doug Kemp on this online gallery. The gallery collections pages help sort this wealth of modern pop-art into some form of order.

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The Female Form

The female form collection of paintings on canvas, paper and prints. The oldest nude art example found can be dated back to prehistory, some 25,000 years older than the work found on this page.

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Heroes & Villains Collection

Heroes, Villains, Femme Fatale’s & The Art of War,  artist collection. A collection of paintings on canvas, paper and heroic artist prints, referenced from the golden age of comic book art and WW2.

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Relationships Art Collection

Artist collection featuring insights and observation into modern day relationships. This series of artwork features paintings on canvas, paper and prints that feature two or more characters as the subject matter.

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Portrait Art Collection

Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted, or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone. This collection of artist portraits contains work on canvas, paper and limited edition prints.

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Murder & Scandal Collection

This collection of paintings on canvas, paper and artist prints titled Murder & Scandal is Doug Kemp’s personal observation on the darker side of human nature.

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Divorce Art Collection

Divorce is not always such a bad thing, especially so if some of the special relationships and connections can endure. The divorce series of canvas & paper paintings features also a range of affordable giclee prints.

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Dancing Times Art Collection

Dancing times whether its the Turkey trot, the Tango, the Twist or even Disco fever, they are all vertical expressions of a horizontal desire. This series of paintings and prints celebrates dance as its own form of art.

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Mini Art Collections

Some paintings come in a series, where a theme has developed organically or as part of a whim. This page contains prints and work on paper/canvas with some information on the themes within these mini collections.

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City Lives & Urban Environments

City life and urban landscape paintings feature art that depends on city scenes such as streets, building types, composition and other city elements. The artwork in this collection features hero subjects within these environments.

Doug Kemp’s Work By Decade & Format

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

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2020s Pop Art Collection

2020s pop art artwork, painting and prints from Doug Kemp created between 2020 up to current date.

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2000 To 2019 Collection

2000s pop art artwork, painting and prints from Doug Kemp created between 2000 up to the end of 1019.

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1990s Pop Art Collection

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

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1980s Pop Art Collection

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

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1970s Pop Art Collection

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

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1960s Pop Art Collection

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

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Pop Art Work On Canvas

Pop Art painted on canvas. Doug Kemp Paintings on canvas painted between 1963 & 2023

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Pop Art Work On Paper

Pop Art paintings on paper.  Doug Kemp paintings on paper painted in between 1970 & 2023

Artwork Sizes

Later paintings (post 2000’s) are pretty much a standard size, approximately 50 x 45 inches / 127 x 115 cm, but some of the sizes of earlier works are goodish guesstimates, as Doug worked in feet and inches (and, from the scale of his works, lots of them) and many works are in not readily accessible storage with no accurate record of exact dimensions.

It should also be be noted that some pieces are not in Doug’s possession and possibly may not actually still be in existence.

Signed Limited Edition Artist Prints

There can be only a maximum of 75 prints per design. Signed limited edition artist prints. The different formats include Linocut prints, Giclee prints, Monoprints & Silkscreen print collections from Doug Kemp .

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Giclee Art Prints

Spelt correctly, Giclée is a French word for spray (little squirt!). This is a digital printing process in which a dedicated type of ink-jet printer is used with specialist inks to produce a high quality Art print. As an artist, I feel a Giclée print produces a better finish than other types of modern artist printing formats.

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Linocut Artist Prints

A Linocut is a relief print that is produced like a woodcut but uses lino as the surface from which the design is carved as a template used for the printing. In making a Linocut, basically your design uses the raised (uncarved) areas for the different inks to print the same picture over and over.

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Silkscreen Artist Prints

Creating screen prints – The inks are forced through a mesh screen onto the printed surface. This enables certain areas of the screen template to be made impervious to the printing ink, in effect creating a stencil. The ink that is able to pass through forms the printed image.

Doug Kemp Artist Video Interviews & References

Video references and interviews with artist Doug Kemp, a pop post-modernist artist, and his son Luke Kemp. These interviews take a lighthearted look at individual paintings and provide a unique perspective on Doug Kemp’s work. These interviews produced by Luke could also have been called “Interviews with my artist father.” Explore the vibrant and colourful perspective through the eyes of the painting artist #PopArtDoug.

Doug Kemp Artist Photo Galleries

In addition to showcasing the artwork itself, we also included images of Doug alongside his work and previously undiscovered works on paper that had been in storage for over two decades. We are thrilled to share these beautiful and previously unseen pieces with you in our updated image gallery.  Explore the vibrant and colourful perspective through the eyes of the paintings artist #PopArtDoug.

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