September 21, 2010

New Artists’ Space at The Royal Academy presents Ian McKeever

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Ian McKeever
Hartgrove Painting No. 10
New Artists’ Space at The Royal Academy
Artists’ LaboratoryArtists’ Laboratory

Ian McKeever RA

8 September – 24 October 2010

This exhibition will bring together two different types of work by Ian McKeever RA. Five large paintings titled Hartgrove made between 1992 and 1994, and an ongoing series of around 40 small black and white photographs commenced in 2007. The works are linked by the artist’s response to living and working in rural Dorset at different times.

The large paintings were begun shortly after McKeever’s move from London to Dorset in 1991. They reflect the expansiveness and openness the artist felt after leaving the city to live in the countryside for the first time since childhood. The primary focus of the paintings is a sense of emerging presence and light; they are built up of thin layers of transparent paint suggesting a veiled surface and inner depth.

In contrast, the photographs feature specific objects and incidents of light observed in the intimate, familiar space of McKeever’s home. These photographs exude a very different sense of time, and negotiation of place, compared with the long process of painting. His paintings and photographs are ethereal, enigmatic and concerned with light and the possibility of seeing anew. This will be the first time that these photographs have been exhibited in the UK.

Ian McKeever RA: Hartgrove Paintings and Photographs

Thursday 7 October 2010

Ian McKeever discusses his exhibition with the RA’s Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith.
Large Weston Room; 4–5pm; free, reserve a ticket online or call 020 7300 5839


Artists’ Laboratory 02 will take place from 10 November until 19 December 2010 and will feature the work of Stephen Farthing RA in which he will consider the history of painting, from the Valley of the Kings to the White Cube, through the descriptive powers of pen and ink drawings.


This exhibition has been devised by a committee of Royal Academicians and curated by Paul Huxley RA together with Kathleen Soriano, Director of Exhibitions and Edith Devaney, Head of Membership and Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts.


The Royal Academy will publish a 48-page book to accompany the exhibition, the first in a series published in conjunction with the Artists’ Laboratory. The book includes a conversation between Ian McKeever and the sculptor Richard Deacon RA, in which the two artists discuss their respective practices and their relationship with photography and an essay by Norbert Lynton on McKeever’s Hartgrove Paintings.

Open to public: Wednesday 8 September – Sunday 24 October 2011
10 am – 6 pm daily (last admission 5.30 pm)
Fridays until 10 pm (last admission 9.30 pm)


Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket.


Publicity images for Artists’ Laboratory 01 can be obtained from Picselect, the Press Association’s image service for press use. Please register at and once registered go to the Royal Academy folder in the Arts section of Picselect.

For further press information, please contact Johanna Bennett on tel: 020 7300 5615, fax: 020 7300 8032, or email [email protected]

For public information, please print 020 7300 8000 or
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBD

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