Recently, Keating has been making domestically scaled paintings. Following a year of creative experimentation and marking a transition in technique, these new works have been built with many layers of colour and textural materials. Their surfaces hold an intense depth and richness, giving the series a meditative quality that invites slow and reflective viewing.
Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and created numerous large-scale, site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004. He has undertaken numerous large-scale painting commissions in public spaces, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013), the Adelaide Festival Centre (2015) and Sydney’s Domain (2018). His works are held in many public and private collections including the NGV, NGA, MCA, AGNSW, MUMA and Artbank.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public mural in St Kilda commissioned by the City of Port Phillip.
I am positioning a body of work as a means to reflect change, like the seasons, like the way we as a
society have endured significant change over the course of this past year and equally as individuals. I hope these works will be able to
provide a space for the viewer to connect with themselves, physically and metaphysically.
Ash Keating, 2020
IMAGES > [from top to bottom] Ash Keating in his studio. Photograph by Dan Preston.
Ash Keating in his studio. Photograph by Dan Preston.