Developing Landscape, 1988
David Keeling (Born 1951)
oil on wood
13 x 32cm
signed and dated centre right
Exhibited: Niagara Galleries, Victoria, 14 Sept - 1 Oct 1988, cat no.4 (label verso)
Literature: Catalano, G., The Painter as the Child of History, The Age, 28 September 1988
"Those viewers who did not see his previous show should look at 'Developing landscape' first. Of the five works hung in Niagara's lower room, this tiny painting is most akin to the artist's early works.
I said earlier that Keeling is primarily a landscape painter. But his landscapes differ sharply from those which have dominated Australian painting in recent times… It goes without saying that Keeling is not a topographer. The scene we see in 'Developing landscape' may well have no counterpart in Tasmania…. But Keeling's paintings are still in touch with the truth. With considerable intelligence and imagination, they image what a particular world may look like if something is not done today." Cary Catalano The Age, 28 September 1988
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.