Abel Kesteven

My aim as an artist is to interpret movement and to capture, in a totally spontaneous way, the interaction between people. I have developed a minimalist approach which I can only achieve when working from life. Instead of working in sketchbooks I now travel with loose sheets of paper and pastels/charcoal and work directly from life, usually finishing the work in one visit.

My sculpture and monoprint work are also concerned with movement, often of animals in a group. I like to create a ‘flow’ or ‘surge’ where nothing is static. Distorting body shapes enables me to create dynamic work with a sense of the grotesque.

I have recently spent a week in Lexington USA courtesy of the Cross Gate gallery where I drew the Kentucky Derby as well as behind the scenes, including the stables observing the care and preparation of the thoroughbred race horses.

I have also had work selected and hung for four consecutive years at the Pastel Society show at the Mall galleries. I have had several successful shows at the Mine gallery in Carshalton and have won best sculpted piece for two years in a row at the London potters annual show. I am a member of both the Croydon and Chelsea art Societies.