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Art Exhibition, Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019


Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery


Ian McKeever (born 1946) is regarded as one of the significant British painters of his generation. Having grown up in Withernsea, a seaside town on the East Riding of Yorkshire coast, McKeever acknowledges these early years as being seminal to his development and interests as an artist. In his own writings he refers to the wide open, expansive nature of the landscape and the deep influence of its proximity to the sea.

McKeever’s early work as a painter grew out of a conceptual interest in landscape, painting and photography in which a photographic element was either juxtaposed with a drawing or overpainted. However, in the mid 1980’s the work became significantly more engaged with pure painting, exploring a language which, although appearing abstract, is concerned with the transitional stages of recognition and meaning. Leading to subsequent work that is perceived as monumental, light filled and enigmatic.

The exhibition is displayed across four galleries. Gallery 7 focuses exclusively on one series Twelve Standing, 2009-2012 with the entire group being exhibited together for the first time. The Centre Court and Gallery 8 presents a wider overview of McKeever’s work, whilst Gallery 6, with its emphasis on the paintings and related works on paper from the Portrait of a Woman series, 2014-2016 provides a greater insight into the artist’s working practise.

KWL – Principal sponsor of the Ferens exhibition programme 2018/19

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 17 Mar - Mon 31 Dec A Silent Conversation: Lorenzetti and the Ferens C
Mon 3 Sep - Sun 6 Jan Crossing Borders
Sat 20 Oct - Sun 13 Jan Ian McKeever (b 1946)
Sat 1 Dec - Sun 20 Jan Junior Open Exhibition 2018
Sat 20 Oct - Sun 13 Jan Ways of Looking – Family Activity Packs
Mon 4 Feb - Sun 14 Apr Open Exhibition 2019



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