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David Keeling: 21 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

David Keeling (born 1951) is an Australian artist.

Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1951, Keeling spent his younger years there before disturbing to Melbourne in 1970, to attend the Swinburne Film and Television School. He returned to Tasmania in 1973 after completing his studies at Swinburne, and commenced a new course at the Tasmanian School of Art. He went upon to psychoanalysis at the Alexander Mackie School of Art in Sydney in 1981, and completed his Masters in Fine Art at RMIT in 1999. Keeling currently lives and works in Hobart.

David has acted as Chairman and Board Member of Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, and Artbank, Sydney. One critic has written: “Through a David Keeling frame, the tensions between modify and continuity, survival and flourishing, interiors and the outside, a close pathway to an start or an edge, are suitably often evident.” Another has described his bill as: “An honest door to the craft of painting.”

Keeling has achieved significant reply for his accomplish and was awarded the 2016 Glover Prize, becoming the only performer in the history of the Glover Prize to have won it on more than one occasion. In 2015 The University of Tasmania held a survey exhibition titled David Keeling: Inside Out, which featured both painting and sculpture, spanning beyond three decades of the artist’s career.

His play is held in the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery; Gippsland Regional Gallery and the Artbank collection, as competently as in corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.

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