Art Will Conquer Nature: Screen, 1997
David Keeling (Born 1951)
oil on canvas
51 x 46 cm
signed and dated verso
Exhibited: David Keeling, Folly – Objects in the Landscape, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart 12th-28th Oct 1997, Catalogue No. 8
0419 540 162
"Through a David Keeling frame, the tensions between change and continuity, survival and flourishing, interiors and the outside, a close pathway to an opening or an edge, are so often evident." In this painting the elaborate screen, (perhaps symbolising the way the landscape is framed by our perceptions of it) with birds and trees are at odds with the inhospitable landscape in which they sit.
David Keeling was born in Launceston, Tasmania. He attended the Swinburne Film & Television School, Victoria in 1970, the Tasmanian School of Art in 1973, the Alexander Mackie School of Art, Sydney in 1981 and completed his Masters in Fine Art at RMIT in 1999.
David Keeling has achieved significant recognition for his work being awarded the Glover Prize multiple times. In 2015 the University of Tasmania held a survey exhibition titled David Keeling: Inside Out, spanning over three decades of his career.
His work is held in the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.