David Keeling

45 Minute Walk – Narawntapu, 2006

oil on linen

182 x 152cm

From the artist

I am interested in the play of light as it passes across the trees, casting shadows onto foliage and across the ground. Even though this is a compromised space, as it is where people park their cars to go on the coastal walk it is a hauntingly beautiful spot. There is a quiet melancholy that surrounds you and I hope that a little of this comes through in the painting

Judges Comments

An evocation of memory. It is a specific place, a place that the artist deeply cares for, but also a place that resonates even if the viewer has not been there. The balance of light and shadow the complimentary of colours of soft aqua and soft browns has made for a mature painting that grabs and holds.

Judges: Liz Ann McGregor, Director MCA, Sydney (initial selection); Prof Noel Frankham, Head of Tasmanian School of Art; & Rick Amor, Artist, Victoria

Artist background

Born in Launceston 1951. Lives and works in Hobart. Exhibiting since mid-1980s primarily in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. Major retrospective, University of Tasmanain Launceston 2015. Solo shows include QVMAG 2013-14;.and Deakin University Melbourne 2010. Winner of Hobart Art Prize 1991; John Leslie Prize Gippsland 1999; and Glover Prize 2006 & 2016. Finalist in Wynne Prize 2008 & 2009. Represented in many major state and national public gallery collections.

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart; Niagra Galleries, Melbourne; & King Street Gallery, Sydney