An architect of inverse archaeological alchemy. He did not dig to find gold, but patiently added layer upon layer, each imposing some intuitive significance, until finally the knowing moment of infinite balance is recognised and the truth manifests.
Dory’s paintings are an experience - they have to be met in person and be allowed to speak to you - much the same difference between seeing someones photograph and actually confronting them in the flesh to converse with.
Freelance photographer/illustrator (Vogue, The Times, Colour supplements, Penguin Books, etc.)
Portrait Painter, Album cover designer (David Bowie, Elton John, Hazel O’Connor, Kim Wilde, Zandra Rhodes, Pierre Cardin, etc.)
Move to Southern Ireland, landscape painter. Exhibitions - no more commercial Art.
Inner landscape painter, exhibitions in London and Shropshire. Book about Bowie written, illustrated and published ‘Unmade Up’.
Ten years in Ireland, various times lived in Paris and spent long periods in India, Florence and Venice. Currently living and working in Wales.
Keith Roberts studied fine art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and then at the Royal College of Art in London. He was awarded a place at the Delfina Studio Trust and in 2005 an Abbey Fellowship to study at the British School at Rome, an intensely rewarding experience that continues to inform his work. It was during this period that he first cut into the surface of the paintings literally opening new possibilities for the work.
In 2010 Roberts took a course in stone carving at the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust in order to experiment with different ways of making and refresh his practice. In 2012 a piece of sculpture became the central element in the show Regeneration Bell and Kindred Works. In 2015 a public commission administered by Oriel Wrexham presented the opportunity to further develop the use of the bell as a powerful symbol. This led to a prize winning installation in St Nicholas’ Church as part of the Deptford X festival in 2015. The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art commissioned three new ambitious works for their 2017 exhibition War in the Sunshine, their first exhibition after a major refurbishment. Two more shows followed in 2017 both of which were part of the First World War Centenary commemorations, giving opportunity to further develop themes around conflict. In 2018 Roberts presented Tallyman, a large exhibition that responded to the chaos and upheaval that ensues when fearful populations are pushed from their own lands. At the end of 2019 Roberts produced a solo exhibition of painting and sculpture at St. Paul’s School in London called Other People.
Roberts’ work is deliberately slow to form in the mind of the viewer. Although his visual language is reductive it is pushed toward the poetic. At the heart of this work are things felt deeply regarding themes of loss, memory and silence.
Covid-19 restrictions permitting, Keith Roberts is to lecture on his work this summer in Rome as part of the Rome Art Program.
Steven Lane was born in Liverpool in 1976 and lives in the city. He studied at Wirral Metropolitan College and then the Royal Academy of Art from 1998 to 2001. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Shows (1999 and 2000) and at the Sackler Gallery Premium Show where he was awarded the prize for Craft.
Steven’s work has also been exhibited at Goldsmiths University Gallery, House Gallery Camberwell (the culmination of collaboration with artist Mark Hill), Hanover Galleries, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and Loughborough University where he was also Artist in Residence. Working alongside Dory Ross as part of ‘USE’ (Understanding Spatial Environments), their work has also incorporated aspects of intervention art during Liverpool’s development as City of Culture in 2008, which aimed to develop initiatives and perspectives robustly independent of the wider commercial and institutional influences in the city and region at the time. He has taught Art at Priestley College since 2002, where he also leads the Art Foundation course. His work is currently held in private collections in London, Liverpool and Australia.
‘Having spent too long not making enough work, my return to drawing and painting was born from contemplating our relationship to the natural world and exploring a sense of trepidation in our own predicament. Admiring the beauty and awe of the subject is just one element of this. I sit in envy that the natural world does not corrupt, and see that humanity should spend more time in contemplation, rather than being a part of its destruction. This has been my general path so far but embedded into my process, is that I hope to evoke memories, the spirit of time and of place.
In terms of process, all of the final moments that you might see on the surface come together in a frenzy of activity, in one swoop if you like, but below the surface, they are built and scraped back over time, in my hope that I do the subject some justice. My recent return to making is inspired by the spirt that is Dory!’
The boundaries between reality and imagination play a large part in my approach to painting. I collate and connect memories, emotions and thoughts into a painted environment or ‘scape’ that freely mixes the real and unreal.
Literary references along with seen and felt everyday experiences recorded through drawing influence my work, however the paintings do not always persist with the same reasons with which they began. The gestures and marks that I make through painting try to meet the words and text of things that I have read or written, each medium reaching out. It is this shifting, improvised in between space that I am compelled to explore, a universe where everything communicates freely with everything else.
Interests and influences include magical realism authors and lyrical writers such as Yasunari Kawabata as well as Japanese culture more broadly. Also the upland landscape of my home, negative space and shadows, folk lore and mythology. I enjoy modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath and contemporary poet Alice Oswald.