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Peter J. Ketchum
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: My ephemerally based work exists far from the art world’s fashionable mainstream. In fact, it isn't even a tributary! In technicolor and with a laugh track, it addresses our impermanence and the long afterlife of our prejudices and foibles. It looks at the origin and perpetuation of stereotypes in pop culture and marvels at the reduction of human experience into a mere 140 characters or less.
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  • The Man With the Lord'sPrayer on his Chest
    2016
    Found photo, found ephemera, acrylics, photo dyes, marker, on paper
    8x6
    Tattooed 1920's man with a 1900's print of the Lord's player. Amen already!

  • BABY RACER
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    children are from a fantasy postcard. The German(?) series of cards showing multiple babies in a variety of situations were popular at the beginning of the 20th century. The biking girls was joined w

  • Willy's Cream de la Cream
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    If you aren't the cream de la cream you ain't getting in this cab. Willy's 77 Taxi Company appeared on a matchbook cover which I adapted. Willy was cheap, and WIlly was fast. 1940s Midw

  • FEELING FELINE
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    The KOT (CAT) such as this one was a popular subject for Russian art prints called lubki. This style started to emerge in the 1500s when Russia was introduced to the art of wood block printing. The lu

  • Bed where I'd rather be
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    A 7x5 digitally created work in multiples of ten on paper. 1930's adapted illustration. Background is period floral wallpaper. Count flowers instead of sheep if you can't sleep. This crazine

  • SUCCESS UNLESS CAUGHT
    2020
    digital art on paper
    5X7
    A 5x7 digitally created work in a signed edition of ten. From a new series inspired by adages on postcards of the 1910s. They were usually large white letters on a red background with sayings like, SA

  • SAY CHEESY
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7X5
    SAY CHEESY is a 7x5 digital multiple of ten on paper for these cheesy times. I mean, what can one say when the news stinks worse than Camembert or limburger or ami du chambertin or the current adminis

  • MUSEUM NUDE (FEMALE) #6
    2017
    Acrylic, Photo, Photo Dyes, Paper, Wood
    8x6in
    Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, marker, ink, glue on wood.

  • Blondie and Dagwood in the New Age of Spiritualism
    2003
    acrylics, canvas
    24x24

  • NOPE (NOT HOPE)
    2016
    Digital and ink
    10x8.5
    10X8 signed (Anti-) Donald Trump Poster playing on the Hope of Obama. Digital. Inks.

  • TRUMP VARIATION WITH A FAVORED WORD
    2016
    Digital and ink
    Donald J. Trump poster using one of his favorite words. Digital. On paper.

  • YYOU GOTTA UNNERSTAN GINA'S MIND
    2016
    digital art on paper
    8x6
    Collage of 1940's postcard, a photo I took in Holland of Warhol's Mao, Flag pieces, found patriotic graphics, etc. deconstructed. 8x6 on paper. And God Bless America where for now we are fre

  • WHITE HOUSE NUT OR OUR NUT HOUSE
    2018
    digital art on paper
    8x6in
    Vintage nut tin can label. collaged with the face of Our President. Markers. 8x6 on paper. By the way, not the only nut in the White House can. But then I digress.

  • DON'T LOL AT DREAMS
    2000
    embroidery, cross-stitch, beading on fabric.
    8x18
    embroidery, cross-stitch, beading on fabric.

  • TEABAG FOR JESUS
    2000
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas
    8x10
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas, gold frame, with Nora Anderson

  • TIRED OF ME
    2000
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas
    8x10
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas, gold frame,with Nora Anderson

  • I LOVE HOMOS
    2000
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas
    8x10
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas, gold frame, with Nora Anderson

  • FATHER FIGURE
    2000
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas
    8x10
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas, gold frame, with Nora Anderson

  • SO BLEST!
    2000
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas
    8x10
    Cross stitch, embroidery, beads on canvas, gold frame, with Nora Anderson

  • Chance it
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    CHANCE IT is a 7x5 digital work in a signed edition of ten on paper. The theologian John Piper wrote, “Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, an

  • Whoa if I be wicked
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This is a 7x5 digital work in a signed edition of ten on paper with the alternate title, Hamlet and the Bible at Pimlico. It adapts a French postcard from the early 1900s. Two twisted versions from a

  • Farm boy big city dreams
    2020
    digital art on paper
    5x7
    5x7 digital work adapted from an early Lancaster PA ad for Flory Brothers Motorcycle and Bike Cycle Shop in Lancaster PA. The ad asks WHY IS YOUR BOY LEAVING THE FARM? Why? Because he envies city boys

  • Don't think be happy
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    A digitally created bit of modern irony, this 7x5 work in signed multiples of ten is on paper. It is from my new series inspired by adages on postcards of the 1910s. They were usually large white lett

  • Sniff with roses
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    A 7X5 digitally created work in a signed multiple of ten, SNIFF WITH ROSES is an adaptation of a work of mine still (available here on Artspan) which in turn adapted a 1920's illustration. It is

  • Know it all lady
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This is a 7x5 digital work in a signed edition of ten on paper. It is adapted from a 1930's illustration in a tabloid of the period and shows Lady Leona with her blindfold and crystal ball ready

  • HIT A HOMER WORK HARD
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This is a 7X5 digitally created work in a signed multiple of ten adapted from a 1940s motivational office poster. If you've got it, don't flaunt it. Be cool or as the kids say, chill. (In s

  • CATATONIC CAT
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    I messed around with one of Louis Wain's cats for this print. Born in 1860, Wain was a prolific and very popular British artist. He often drew anthropomorphic cats. It is thought schizophrenia mi

  • The Trump Trumpageddon Survivor
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    Cheer and brag your status as a Trump Survivor. Show the wretched man and his spawn the door. Bye bye racist POTUS and followers. Bye bye red hats. The Trumpageddon is over! And not a minute too soon.

  • Rapture Leftovers
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    Against the background of vintage etching of The Rapture is an important question to ask your friends. Of course you assume you will not be swept up in the Second Coming.You assume you will be one of

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  • Sacrifices for the Lord
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    An adapted page from a vintage Sunday School pamphlet about duty to God even when, you know, you don't feel like it. I hope he's not eating that meat on a Friday. Yikes. The limited edition

  • Seriously Serious
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    An adaptation of a late 1920s flapper who can't believe you are serious. Seriously, are you? Serious. The limited edition print is available in different sizes on Artspan www.peterjketchum.com, a

  • The Martini
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This digitally created print is an adaptation of a 1950's Fleischmann gin ad. The original said, The Martini Your Best and Only Friend. That seemed harsh so I lessened the blow by adjusting the w

  • EAU DE EMBALMING THE PERFUME OF DEATH
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    The authentic smell of death. THE recognized standard for embalming fluid. It says so right there on the label. Eau de Embalming adapts an 1890s ad for embalming fluid which is guaranteed to, you know

  • INK OOPS
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This work is a digital multiple in a signed edition of ten. The primary image is from an early 20th century art supply ad for Devoe &Co's drawing products, including ink. The ink here is inde

  • King Tut Cautions the Careless
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    Tut Tut is a digitally created work on paper. It is a warning from the Pharaoh himself to those straying from established camel ruts in the deserts of life. The limited edition print is available in d

  • SQUEEZE OR ECRASE MOI
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    This print is adapted from a vintage French label for lemon syrup. I suppose I should have put ECRASE MOI. That translates to squeeze me. But in any language it's one way to get juice out of a le

  • NEED MONEY HONEY
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    A tan postcard from the early 1900's was adapted and changed to the color of money. Money bags and dollars were then strewn about recklessly. Help was added, a plea not to be ignored in these tro

  • MUCHIBUS THANKIBUS JAMES JOYCE
    2020
    digital art on paper
    7x5
    Given a cigarette in Dublin's Temple Bar, the recipient lights it and says, Muchibus thankibus. See Chapter 7 of James Joyce's ULYSSES. Now is the very time for muchibus thankibus. Latinius

  • WHAT THE MIRROR SAW 1867-1941
    2016
    Found mirror, found b&w photos, acrylics, photo dyes
    32x20
    Found broken mirror, mirror glass, black and white found photos blown up, colored and cut out. A reflection of our times: race, sexual identity, religion, economic inequality.

  • Michaela Booked 1949
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on board
    7x5
    Mug shot of a transvestite.

  • Broken Clock in Real Time
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photos, found 1930's alarm clock with racist image, found brass pendulum (12 inches in fixed position) image,
    24x18 plus 12 inch pendulum
    Part of quote from Martin Luther King

  • Museum Nude (Female)
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, pen on wood
    8x6
    Vintage nude hand-colored on painted background.

  • Girtrude (Sic) Torn and Reformed (Texas
    2015
    Found b&w photo booth photo, ink, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on canvas board.
    7x5
    Found pieces of aa b&w photo booth photo was reformed, blown up and painted on. The identity written in ink on the back of the photo was photocopied and added to the painted collage. (Girtrude Sm

  • Swamp Wrestlers (Or Locker Room Talk)
    2016
    Found photos, photo dyes, acrylic, paper
    10x8
    Body shaming, locker room talk, and macho man in nature (a swamp)

  • Aida in the 42nd Street Photobooth
    Acry;lic, found b&w photo, oils on stretched canvas
    20x16
    Shown in "35 Artists of North America" curated by Thomas Krens, ex head of the Guggenheim.

  • The Man with Jesus on His Chest
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood
    7x5
    Man with crude tattoo of Jesus.

  • A Man Who Was Scratched
    2015
    Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood
    8x6
    Part of my new Wabi-Sabi series. See peterjketchum.com

  • Pensees
    2015
    acrylic, found photo, paper, photo dyes, paint pen on encaustic board
    5x7

  • Postcards From Our Fathesr and Their Fathers Before Them
    Acrylic, found postcards, marker, pen on stretched canvas
    48x36
    Exploration of historical sexism through found ephemera dating from the 1890's (French nudes) through the late 1940's. Found postcards, blown up, colored, and cut out. Acrylic. Small black a

  • What Remains of Hazel
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, pen, paper on encaustic board
    7x5
    Part of my Wabi-Sabi series. see www.peterjketchum.com

  • NOPE
    2016
    Paper, inkjet
    11x14
    Takeoff on the Obama poster but with...

  • The Parson's Family in Which the Church Looms Large
    1986
    Acrylic, found photo on stretched canvas.
    24x20
    First picture done in my found-photos-married-to-painted-backgrounds series. Church was painted in Canada while on vacation.

  • Museum Nude (Male) #2
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood
    8x6
    1890's b&w male nude, hand-colored on painted background.

  • Snuff Grannie Just After the War (Civil)
    2015
    Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood
    7x5
    Daugeretype with portions of a period snuff label on simulated tin.

  • Strike on Rear (Matchbook)
    2015
    Acrylic, paint pen, marker, paper on wood
    8x6
    From adapted series of matchbook covers.

  • The Adoration of Sister Margaret Mary of Brooklyn
    Acrylics, found b&w photos on canvas
    36x40
    Tableau vivant in the privacy of the cardinal's chapel.

  • BOOM!!!!
    Acrylic, photo dyes, found black and white photo
    30x20
    From a cabinet card found in Washington state. Black and white figure blown up, cut out (Exacto knife), and painted on. The mounted on a painted background.
 








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