David Keeling

Lowtide, soft breeze, 2016

oil on canvas

137 x 122cm

From the artist

This work is about taking a slow walk along the shoreline track at Greens Beach as it heads towards the Narawntapu National Park. As much as it is about light and colour of a particular place it also, I hope, speaks to the larger ambition of asking us to slow down, to live more thoughtful and measured lives. My recent path paintings expand on the idea of absorbing and taking stock of our surroundings while pictorially embracing all the complexity and nuance that these seemingly mundane landscapes present us with.

Judges Comments

David Keeling has given us a non-predictable view of Tasmanian landscape. Despite the rhetoric, we Tasmanians are not all bushwalkers striding out in the dramatic wilderness.  For those of us who live here, it is often the quiet places that are familiar. This is where we go. This is what we know. The artist has an amazing capacity to describe this subtle coastal vegetation and yet the painting has a sublime quality that we are drawn into. It is a powerful impression.

Judges: Maudie Palmer AO, Independent Curator and Professorial Fellow, Monash University; Fiona Hall, Artist and Australian representative at Venice Biennale 2015; and Sean Kelly, Arts Officer, Moonah Arts Centre

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