Inspirational Artist

The Art of Robert A. Ketchens

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.Robert Henri

Robert Ketchens Painting Palette
Robert Ketchens Sketching in Paris

My Artist Statement

Although my work is woven with threads of my life’s experiences, it is not a record of my life, nor is it intended to be didactic. Rather, it is a reflection of the conclusions I have reached along the way. The ideas and solutions that today facilitate the transfer of visual imagery into a purely visceral response from the viewer have been established long ago. The resulting associated dialog is an essential and necessary part of the visual experience... Read More About the Artist

My Galleries and Exhibitions


"A Song From the Field"

Making several journeys the artist spent time in the Mississippi Delta and made connections between the birth place of the blues, their personal histories, and his contemporary existence & identy as a black artist.

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"Sharecroppers Strike of 1939"

This series of art works is a tribute to the Missouri sharecroppers who went on strike in 1939 that brought national attention.

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"Magnolia Project"

A New Orleans native Robert Ketchens responds in a series of paintings and sculpture on the Hurricane Katrina debacle.

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Jazz, The Gumbo of Music

"Jazz, The Gumbo of Music"

This is an ongoing series with pieces being created and worked upon daily. Here I express the creation of jazz, it's authentic roots, artists, and history behind the manifestation of this genre.

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