Michener Art Museum

Richard Kemble


Richard Kemble, photograph by Wyane Aaronson, 1978, The Nancy Hellebrand Project, Bucks County Community College
PAINTER, PRINTMAKER
BORN: November 7, 1932, Erie, Pennslyvania
DIED: April 21, 2007, Key West, Florida



"I feel I am an artist no matter what I am doing, be it gardening, cooking, preparing a catered dinner for somone or framing some other artist's work."

A. Richard Kemble, born in Erie, Pennsylvania to British parents, first entered the food prepraration business as a cake decorator and ice sculptor before turning to art. He also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a medical lab technician while stationed in France and Germany. He then turned to teaching which in turn led him to his fascination with printmaking.
In 1965 he moved to the New Hope area and began exhibiting his work. In addition to maintaining a large studio in Washington Crossing, Bucks County for much of his life, Kemble also split his time betewen Nantucket, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida.
Kemble used a woodblock technique to create his landscape-inspired prints; often using textures and colors that mimicked natural formations. He used either plywood or masonite for his prints and was interested in the overlooked elements in nature. "I hope the viewer will see more than 'what is'" he said. "I believe that my successful works are imbued with some kind of spirituality which transcends my ability to verbalize." He claims his work has been influenced by the following American painters: Charles Burchfield, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Charles Sheeler, and John Henry Twachtman.
Kemble exhibited all over the United States, as well as Europe and his work is included in the permanent collections of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, the Allentown Art Museum, the Free Library of Philadephia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the James A. Michener Art Museum, and many others.