The son of
two architects, Peter Kitchell was encouraged to paint at an early
age. Although he studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts,
he shaped his own education by traveling for several years through
Europe and Africa. He taught himself watercolor while living among
the Berber and Tuareg tribes.
work consists primarily of shaped, two-dimensional pieces of watercolor
on heavy paper, assembled into rectangular sequences and coated
with a matte finish. The work is about organic abstraction, yet
it evokes the depth, clarity, and horizon level of the landscape
tradition and reflects the influences of the landscapes and cultures
he has experienced.
paintings are elements of a story that unconsciously suggest "something."
It's all distilled down to a code. You could use African music as
an example. Its connotations are of people jumping up and down,
so you want to jump up and down when you hear it.
love color; I delight in it. But ultimately, it all goes back to
the fact that each painting is a story. The pieces that are the
most successful, interestingly enough, are not the ones that are
the most abstract but the ones that are distillations of a feeling.