Born: 19 February 1944
Elected ARA: 30 May 1990
Elected RA: 26 June 1991
Kenneth Draper initially trained as a painter, studying at Chesterfield College of Art from 1959 to 1962 and at Kingston School of Art, London, from 1962 to 1965. He then went on to spend three years at the Sculpture Schools of the Royal College of Art from 1965. Draper taught at Goldmiths’ College School of Art and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. In 1980 he was elected to the Faculty of the British School in Rome.
Draper’s first solo show was held at the Redfern Gallery in 1969. He subsequently went on to participate in a number of solo and key group exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and the United States. His work was included in British Sculptors ’72 at the Royal Academy, the Silver Jubilee Contemporary British Sculpture Exhibition in Battersea Park, the 1980 British Art Show and the 1981 British Sculptors of the Twentieth Century, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and in The Sculpture Show at the Hayward Gallery in 1983.
Draper received a commission for the John Dalton Building at Manchester Polytechnic in 1972 and for the Oriental Gateway for Bradford University in 1977. A retrospective of his work was shown at the Warwick Arts Trust in 1981. Throughout the 1990s, Draper became increasingly well known as a painter.
Among Draper’s awards is the sculpture prize at Young Contemporaries (1965), the Mark Rothko Memorial Award (1971) and a Major Arts Council Award (1977). He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and lives and works in Menorca.
My work always creates a dialogue between sculpture, painting and drawing. The explosions in my new work on paper respond to the piercing beauty and ravaged landscape of my home on the Spanish island of Menorca.
Gallery of Selected Works
Kenneth Draper RA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2012 Quest Gallery, Bath
2011 Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, London
2009 Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, London
2007 Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth
2005 Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 Studio 3, London
2000 Hart Gallery, London
1998 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Hart Gallery, London
1996 Hart Gallery, London
Arts Council of Great Britain
Arts Council of Wales
Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford
Contemporary Art Society, London
Cartwright Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Bradford
Courtauld Institute, London
Fitzwilliam Museum and Art Gallery, Cambridge
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff