Keith Roberts

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    Red Kite 2013, cast plaster and oil based paint, 94 x 62.5 x 13.5cm Photo: Dan Weill

Keith Roberts lives and works in London. A former soldier, he studied fine art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and then at the Royal College of Art in London. On leaving the Royal College he was awarded a place at the Delfina Studio Trust where he began making paintings in large groups or series. An exploration of the city and urban space combined with a period in the USA as part of the Triangle Workshop led to an exhibition in 2000 called Adore the City. The work displayed many characteristic elements of his painting such as the use of a strong coloured ground and the paint being used to both define and disrupt the surface, a form of layering and stratification that reflects the uncertainties of history and memory. In 2005 he was awarded an Abbey Fellowship to study at the British School at Rome, an intensely rewarding experience that continues to inform his work. It was during this period that he first cut into the surface of the paintings literally opening new possibilities for the work. Pursuing this led to a series of works exploring a more architectural sense of object leading to the exhibition Landscape of Pii which featured readings and music from the Canadian poet Childe Roland. In 2008 Keith rode six mountain stages of the Tour De France back to back for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. In 2010 Keith took a course in stone carving at the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust in order to experiment with different ways of making and refresh his practice. He has given lectures on his work and art practice at various venues including the British School at Rome and Unilever. Keith has also run drawing workshops based on the Modern Italian collection of art held at the Estorick Collection, London. Keith’s work can be seen in the Threadneedle Prize 2014, London (2014), The Oriel Wrecsam Open and Full Circle, Drawing Room at UBM, London (2015).

Last updated: 06.11.2016

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