KEMP, Doug

1939 - ?

Doug Kemp

Douglas James Kemp, was born in 1939. Doug studied art at Walthamstow College of Art, St Martinís School of Art, London 1978-1982 and the Royal Academy Schools 1982-1985. His career eventually expanded into international exhibitions, and was senior lecturer at Loughborough College of Art and Design 1971-1993 also at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools until his early retirement and return to full time painting and a move to Bramford, Suffolk in the 1990s. He has a repertoire of characters that appear and reappear in his paintings, prints and works on paper and 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. He produces work as acrylic painting on canvas, works on paper and linocuts, his work is graphic bold, and colourful reflecting a passion for celebrating everyday life from romance and sit-coms to Chicago gangsters. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1989. His solo shows include Gainsborough's House, Sudbury; Gallery Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich; Star Gallery, Michigan City, Illinois, USA with more recent exhibitions at Mandells Gallery, Norwich and RE+New Gallery Woodbridge, Suffolk; Gallery 1, Wingfield Barns, Suffolk and also regularly exhibits with the Royal Academy 'East Anglia Group'. He has his studios at The Old Forge, The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk. Doug Kempís work is enjoyed by collectors in the US, Japan, China and Europe.

?born at Cranbrook, Kent in 1939, son of Frank Kemp (born 27 June 1902), a bus conductor, and his wife Violet Julia née Guess (10 April 1901-25 April 1998), who married at West Ashford, Kent in 1934.

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