Ian McKeever


McKeever was born in Withernsea, Yorkshire, in 1946. He moved to London in 1965 to Study English Literature, and self-taught, he began to paint in 1969. His early work as a painter grew out of a conceptual interest in landscape, painting and photography in which often a photographic element was juxtaposed with a drawing or overpainted. However, around 1988 the work became significantly more engaged with painting per se. These later works have an emphasis on an abstract language which is concerned primarily with the human body and architectural structures. At the same time the quality of light and its presence in the painting became increasingly important. Often the works are monumental in format. Since 2007 he has reengaged with the photographic element in his work.


His work can be found in many of the world's leading galleries and collections: The British Museum, The Government Art Collection, Tate Gallery in London, The Morat-Institut in Freiburg, The National Gallery of South Africa, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut, amongst others.


McKeever lives and works in Dorset.