CV - Resume

1944..... .. Born in Killamarsh, near Sheffield, Yorkshire
1959-62 .. Chesterfield School of Art
1962-65 .. Kingston School of Art, London
1965-68 .. The Royal College of Art, London
1980..... .. Elected to the Faculty of The British School in Rome
1991..... .. Elected member of The Royal Academy of Arts, London

Solo Exhibitions

2012 .. Quest Gallery, Bath
2010 .. Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, Online Exhibition
2009 .. Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art at ‘Art London’ Chelsea
2007 .. Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria
2006 .. Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 .. Studio 3, London
2003 .. Hart Gallery, London
2002 .. Hart Gallery, London
2000 .. Hart Gallery, London
1998 .. New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
....... .. Hart Gallery, London
1996 .. Hart Gallery, Nottingham
....... .. Hart Gallery, London
1995 .. Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, USA
....... .. Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, Dorset
....... .. Hart Gallery, London
1994 .. Hart Gallery, London
....... .. Studio 3, London
1993 .. Adelson Gallery, New York, USA
....... .. Royal Academy of Arts, London
....... .. Hart Gallery, Nottingham
1991 .. Glenn Green Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
....... .. Austin Desmond Gallery, London
....... .. Grape Lane Gallery, York
1990 .. Hampstead Theatre Gallery, London
1984 .. Gallerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, Holland
1982 .. The Minories, Colchester
....... .. Chapter Art Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
1981 .. Alpirsbach Gallerie, Alpirsbach, Germany
....... .. EGK Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany
....... .. Warwick Arts Trust, London
1978 .. Redfern Gallery, London
....... .. Cartwright Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Bradford, Yorkshire
1969 .. Redfern Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2017 .. Chapel Arts, Cheltenham
2016 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. L’Emancipació del Paper, Ca N’Oliver; Mahon
2015 .. ‘Making it’ Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Warwick Arts Centre
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. ‘Abriendo Puertas’, Ca N’Oliver, Mahon
2014 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Auction for the Princes Trust, London
2013 .. ‘Gifted’ From the Royal Academy to The Queen, Buckingham Palace, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2012 .. Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, Alfred Place London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London
2011 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London
....... .. Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, Alfred Place, London
....... .. Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2010 .. Invited Artist, Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria, Two Person Exhibition with Jean Macalpine
....... .. Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, Alfred Place, London
....... .. Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2009 .. '60’s Summer Exhibition' Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
....... .. Royal Academy summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Invited Artist, Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London
....... .. Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria
....... .. 'The Red House' Menorca , Two Person Exhibition with Jean Macalpine
....... .. 'Anon' Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria
2008 .. 'A Century of Sheffield Art' Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
....... .. Derwent-Wye fine Art, Rowsley, Derbyshire
....... .. Royal Academy summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Invited Artist, Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London
....... .. 'The Red House' Menorca , Two Person Exhibition with Jean Macalpine
2007 .. 'Homage to Menorca', Sa Nostra Foundation, Menorca.
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. 'Circa 1976' Milton Keynes Gallery, Works from the ....... .. Arts Council Collection
....... .. 'The Red House' Menorca , Two Person Exhibition with Jean Macalpine
....... .. Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria
2006 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2005 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Castlegate House Gallery, Summer Exhibiton, Cumbria
2004 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2003 .. Contemporary Sculpture, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
....... .. EUROP’ART, Geneva
....... .. Contemporary Art Fair, Chelsea, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. 'Sterling Stuff' Royal Academy, London
2002 .. Contemporary Art Fair, Chelsea, London
....... .. Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
....... .. Gallery in Cork Street, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2001 .. Contemporary Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland
....... .. International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Fair, Chelsea, London
2000 .. 'Art Miami 2000' Florida, USA
....... .. Contemporary Art Fair, Chelsea, London
....... .. Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
....... .. 'Fusion' Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames
1999 .. 'Art Miami 99' Florida, USA
....... .. 'Art 99' Islington, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Triennial Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
....... .. 'Contemporary British Landscape' Flowers East, London
1998 .. 'Art Miami 98' Florida, USA
....... .. 'Art 98' Islington, London
....... .. 'The Poetry of Place' Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1997 .. 'Art Miami 97' Florida, USA
....... .. 'Art 97' Islington, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1996 .. 'Art Miami 96' Florida, USA
....... .. 'Art 96' Islington, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Twentieth Century British Art Fair, London
1995 .. 'Art 95' Islington, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Geneva Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland
....... .. Manchester Fine Arts Fair, Manchester
....... .. Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
....... .. Group Exhibition, Adelson Galleries, New York, USA
1994 .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Works on Paper, Adelson Galleries, New York, USA
....... .. Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset
....... .. Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
....... .. 'Space Redefined' Shad Thames Galleries, Butlers Wharf, London
....... .. 'Small is Beautiful' Flowers East, London
....... .. 'Landscape' New Academy Gallery, London
1993 .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. 'Art 93' Islington, London
....... .. Chicago International Art Expostion, USA
....... .. 'Painting the Earth' John Jones Gallery, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. 'Small is Beautiful' Flowers East, London
1992 .. 'Aspects of British Abstraction, The Poetic Trace' Adelson Galleries, New York, USA
....... .. 'British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century' Millfield, Somerset
....... .. 'Landscape' On Line Gallery, Southampton
....... .. 'Sense of Place' Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath
....... .. 'Art 92' Islington, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1991 .. Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, USA
....... .. 'Art 91' Islington, London
....... .. ICAF Olympia, London
....... .. 'Stonewall' ICA Galleries, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. Wessex Artists, Parnham House, Dorset
....... .. Group Exhibition, On Line Gallery, Southampton
1990 .. International Gallery Invitational Art Fair, Chicago, USA
....... .. Contemporary International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA
....... .. 'Art 90' Islington, London
....... .. ICAF Olympia, London
....... .. Group Exhibition, Glenn Green Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Bath Art Fair, Bath
....... .. Group Exhibition, Louise Hallett Gallery, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney, Australia
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
1989 .. Contemporary International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. Artist in Residence, Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset
1988 .. Contemporary International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA
....... .. Group Exhibition, Louise Hallett Gallery, London
....... .. Warwick Arts Trust Collection, Warwick Arts Trust, London
....... .. Art in the Market Place, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. 'Landscape' Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
1987 .. Contemporary International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA
....... .. 'Art for the City' Lloyds of London
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. 'Hunter Collection of Twentieth Century Modern Masters' Courtauld Gallery, London
1986 .. 'Hidden Landscape' Juda Rowan Gallery, London
....... .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
1985 .. Contemporary Art Society Market, London
1984 .. 'Questions About Sculpture' Arts Council touring Exhibition
....... .. Group Exhibition, Friedus Ordover Gallery, New York, USA
1983 .. The Sculpture Show, Hayward Gallery, London
....... .. Group Exhibition, Studio Odd, Hiroshima, Japan
....... .. 'Small is Beautiful' Angela Flowers Gallery, London
1982 .. 'Coloured Constructions' Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
1981 .. 'British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century' Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1980 .. 'The Human Factor' Arts Council Touring Exhibition
....... .. 'The British Art Show' Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (and tour)
1979 .. Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (and
tour)
....... .. British Sculptor’s Drawings, The Minories, Colchester
....... .. Contemporary Works on Paper, Gainsborough House, Sudbury
1978 .. 'Fragile Stones Make Art' National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Works on Paper, Artist’s Market, London
1977 .. Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (and
tour)
....... .. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
....... .. Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture, Battersea Park,
London
....... .. 'Yorkshire Sculptors' Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, Yorkshire
1976 .. Arts Council, Recent Purchases, Hayward Gallery, London
1972 .. 'British Sculptors ’72' Royal Academy, London
....... .. 'British Sculptors ’72' Related Works, Redfern Gallery, London
1971 .. Seven Redfern Artists, Redfern Gallery, London
....... .. British Sculptors Drawings, Bonino Gallery, Buenos Aires (and touring South America)
....... .. Eight Individuals, Gravers Gallery, Sheffield (and Arts Council tour)
....... .. Jacobs Ladder Inc., Washington DC, USA
1968 .. Summer Exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London
1965 .. Young Contemporaries
....... .. Summer Exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London
1964 .. London Group, London

Commissions and Awards

2010 .. Hugh Casson Prize for Drawing, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2002 .. Designed commemorative Poster and Banner for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1981 .. Sculpture for Bradford University, Arts Council Project
1976 .. Arts Council of Great Britain Bursary
1974 .. Outdoor Sculpture for John Dalton Building, University of Manchester
1971 .. Mark Rothko Memorial Award, travel bursary to USA
1965 .. Young Contemporaries prize for Sculpture

Public and Corporate Collections

Arts Council of Great Britain
Arts Council of Wales
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Arthur Anderson, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Cartwright Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Bradford
Courtauld Institute, London
De Beer’s Collection, London
Fitzwilliam Museum and Art Gallery, Cambridge
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Hammersmith Hospital, London
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire
ICI, London
International Bank of Japan, London
Leicestershire Education Authority
Lloyds of London
M.A. Braganza & Co, London
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield,
Mischon de Reya, London
McCrory Corporation, New York, USA
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
National Westminster Bank, London
Pearl Insurance, London
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal Collection Trust, London
Royal Life Group
St. George’s Hospital, London
TSB Bank, London
Unilever PLC, London
Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Transient Landscape

The Mediterranean island of Menorca where I have lived and worked for the last eighteen years, embodies the extreme universal energy of landscape which most acutely fires my imagination. Its sense of transience is paramount to my response to the physicality of the landscape and the very earth, wind, fire and water from which it is made. The prevailing north wind (Tramuntana) which is so ferocious in winter that it shapes the flow of the land from north to south giving the entire landscape the feeling of rhythmic sea. The sheer brilliance of the suns light at noon which dematerialises objects which are instantly recaptured in the darkest of shadows. Then there is the glowing, clear light of night, the moons translucent beauty which belies its gravitational power to move oceans.

Apart from the conflicting forces found in nature, I am deeply moved by the penetrating scars of mines, quarries and excavations and the often tragic yet disturbingly beautiful aftermath of places which have been transformed by the industrial workings of man. The quarries in Menorca are deep limestone “cubes” hand cut and hundreds of feet deep from which entire towns have been built. Now they are abandoned chambers full of reflected light which have the scale of Cathedrals containing the most mystical of energies.

With an almost reticent shyness there also exists a myriad microscopic environment of detail where plants and flowers defy the extreme elements in a struggle to survive, creating an inner world of intimacy to which I am increasingly drawn. The way a small cavity in a stone gives shelter to an embryonic growth within the rock which protects it.

For the last four decades my work has gravitated between sculpture and painting often spending long periods of time concentrating on one or the other. The constant has been an obsession with landscape, an intrigue with ambiguity and paradox and the over riding energy of colour. The focus of the more recent work is to combine even closer the physicality of sculpture with the illusions more generally associated with painting. The works are made in steel, copper, wood and resins and the occasional “found object”, all of which are coloured with layers of paint and pure pigment. Although the works have the fluidity of painting it is the sculptural forms which slowly gain prominence floating from the surface, increasing the sense of scale and inviting the eye to explore another secret place.

My overall desire is to make self contained worlds which simultaneously pay homage to, and express the power of nature in all its transient yet piercing beauty.

Kenneth Draper, Menorca 2012


Whether he is working as a painter or sculptor, this artist celebrates the natural world, and especially those parts of it on which man has left memorable marks. Although aware of the prevailing concepts and fashions within the international world of art, Draper has serenely trod his own path, well clear of an art world “in whose overlit shallows thin voices are heard proclaiming their own emptiness to be a “new development”, as the Australian – born writer Robert Hughes has put it”. Indeed, the British art historian Francis Spalding believes that Drapers very lack of associations has helped him to earn “a fixed and lasting place in British art”

His generosity of spirit, his energy and his love of life are reflected in his work. Amid so much art that is glib, meretricious and spiritually empty, Draper is producing work that ravishes the eye and nourishes the soul.

Roger Berthoud, “Transience Captured” The Life and Art of Kenneth Draper.



As viewers we can hardly follow the line of Draper’s thoughts along all the channels of his imagination, but we can wonder at the results, at the daring attempt to solidify wind, the colour of throbbing heat, the ambiguity of half light, the sensation of a wisp of air or the experience of being under water. His feelings are induced by his involvement with his work, and by his passionate response to the island. The reality of the landscape remains an important source of inspiration but his constantly stated intention is to transcend it.

Judith Bumpus, Catalogue for Royal Academy Exhibition, London.