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About the Artist Keith Proctor

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1961, Keith Proctor is a self-taught artist, specialising in oils who originally spent his time painting nature scenes, depicting birds, dogs and horses, before progressing to people and town scenes capturing his native North East. Nowadays, Proctor puts children and youngsters very much at the centre of his works of art, displaying a knack for framing his joyful subjects in timelessly innocent, playful, adventurous poses.

Works By Keith Proctor

  • Sweet Memories by Keith Proctor
    Sweet Memories
  • The Dream Team by Keith Proctor
    The Dream Team
  • Hard at work by Keith Proctor
    Hard at work
  • See You Later by Keith Proctor
    See You Later
  • Hold On To Your Hat by Keith Proctor
    Hold On To Your Hat
  • Small Talk by Keith Proctor
    Small Talk
  • Puppy Love by Keith Proctor
    Puppy Love
  • Out To Lunch by Keith Proctor
    Out To Lunch
  • My Funny Valentine by Keith Proctor
    My Funny Valentine
  • Thrills and Spills by Keith Proctor
    Thrills and Spills
  • No Need For Words by Keith Proctor
    No Need For Words
  • Bodge It & Scarper by Keith Proctor
    Bodge It & Scarper
  • Decisions Decisions by Keith Proctor
    Decisions Decisions
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Keith Proctor
    Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • In The Swing Of Things by Keith Proctor
    In The Swing Of Things
  • Day Trippers by Keith Proctor
    Day Trippers
  • Gardeners World by Keith Proctor
    Gardeners World
  • I Have A Dream by Keith Proctor
    I Have A Dream
  • Fancy Seeing You Here by Keith Proctor
    Fancy Seeing You Here
  • The Little Things In Life by Keith Proctor
    The Little Things In Life
  • Teddy Boy by Keith Proctor
    Teddy Boy
  • The Great Escape by Keith Proctor
    The Great Escape
  • First Love by Keith Proctor
    First Love
  • The Little Things in Life by Keith Proctor
    The Little Things in Life
  • My Big Sister's Shoes by Keith Proctor
    My Big Sister's Shoes
  • For Me? by Keith Proctor
    For Me?
  • Brand New Day by Keith Proctor
    Brand New Day
  • And Theyre Off by Keith Proctor
    And Theyre Off
  • Talk To The Wall by Keith Proctor
    Talk To The Wall
  • River Of Dreams by Keith Proctor
    River Of Dreams
  • Art For Arts Sake by Keith Proctor
    Art For Arts Sake
  • Pretty In Pink by Keith Proctor
    Pretty In Pink

Proctor was encouraged by his late father, Mark to carve out a future for himself in the world of contemporary art, after seeing the talent in his son that all general art fans and collectors have concurred with since. And his father was well qualified to recognize artistic talent, given that he himself was a commercial artist. Proctor recalls how his father would sit and sketch anything, incredibly well and incredibly quickly too. As a youngster he was fascinated, and implored that he was shown how.

Proctor to this very day practices what his father preached back then, and what he still believes to be the golden rule of sketching. That is to never draw a straight line, nor complete a line of any description, whilst alternating with the pressure applied to the lead on the canvas to make the marks that it creates all the more engaging. Invaluable advice, admits Proctor, and essential tricks of the trade as it were to sketch with ease.

Oils are Proctor’s favoured choice of creative expression, and he’ll only apply these to a particular study during the hours of natural daylight, rather than allowing artificial light to cloud his judgement.
Constructing the building blocks of the piece with a charcoal sketch, Proctor pays critical attention to the proposed balance of the composition long before paint is added to the creative conundrum. Somewhat quirkily Proctor relies on positioning a large mirror directly behind him, so he can keep glancing over his shoulder to value the different perspectives a mirror would cast on the piece being assembled.

Proctor, like his father, works with vim and vigour when administering the oils, frequenting a limited palette, well mixed beforehand. It’s this signature bold, rapid brushwork that helps Proctor know when the piece in facing up to conclusion, understanding that he’ll overwork it if he starts slowing down and fine-tuning areas of canvas. Proctor reckons that he can almost hear his father urging him to “leave it alone” should he stray of his fast and furious path.

As a force of habit, Proctor listens to music as he paints, and cites an eclectic mix of genres as the soundtrack to his creative process. Having said that – and whilst putting together his latest collection featuring his own son, Jack as a muse – Proctor admits that crooner Tony Bennett has singlehandedly provided the aural backdrop.

Latest Artworks

Framed Size: 16 x 22 inches

Framed Size: 18 x 20 inches

Framed Size: 15 x 18 inches