Abel Kesteven

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, pastels/charcoal and a board 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 grotesq