ANWEN KEELING


Artist

Anwen Keeling (b.1976, Sydney) completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at the Australian National University, Canberra (1998) and was awarded the University Medal. Keeling completing a Masters of Art (European Fine Art) from the Winchester School of Art, South Hampton University, Barcelona, Spain (2001). 

Keeling is renown for her deft portrait and narrative based paintings, although her last exhibition Wonderland marked a dramatic departure from these. This new body of work emerged following a residency (and exhibition) in Iceland. With the paintings responding to the extreme nature of the Icelandic climate mixed with the warmth and generosity of the Icelandic people, Keeling created a radical vision in Lapis Lazuli Blue, Cobalt Violet and Rose Madder exploring a new sense of freedom, a delicious colour palette and wonderful painterly skills.

Keeling has been a regular participant in group exhibitions and prizes. In late 2010, Keeling was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame to paint the Chancellery – His Eminence Cardinal Pell, the Honourable John Howard and the Vice Chancellor Emeritus Professor Peter Tannock. Keeling’s work is represented in the collections of the National Australia Bank and the Australian National University, Canberra, regional galleries including Tweed River Regional Art Gallery and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, as well as private collections in Australia, the United States of America, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

 Anwen Keeling lives and works in Sydney and is much loved and respected lecturer in painting at The National Art School, Sydney.