“In the rich imagery of David Keeling’s landscapes the subject of belonging, or not belonging, consistently emerges” John McPhee, art historian and curator, 2015
“All David Keeling’s work might usefully be understood as being about the passage of time. Paradoxically, it is one of the reasons that his landscapes have such a peculiarly timeless quality.” Peter Timms, author, journalist, historian and art critic, 2010
The landscape in David Keeling’s paintings is neither benign nor empty; it contains the mark of human presence, and the history of man’s interaction with the land. People are not always explicit in his work, but the signs are there: well-kept, neat pathways run through beautifully rendered landscapes and buildings appear in unexpected places. Questions of belonging, and concerns over the passing of time are important in his paintings, but there is a redemptive quality to Keeling’s work, an unbridled enthusiasm for the beauty and potential with which we are surrounded.
David Keeling has achieved significant recognition for his work and was the first artist to win the Glover Prize twice. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart held the important survey exhibition David Keeling: Stranger in 2020-2021.
David Keeling currently lives and works in Hobart.