IAN McKEEVER

By on February 9, 2017

The pioneering British painter Ian McKeever set for the first time with Galleri Andersson / Sandström 2002. The spring season in 2017, we welcome the abstract painter back in what will be his sixth exhibition with the gallery. During his over 40 year long career, he has created large-scale, interconnecting suites of painting, drawing and photography. Paintings and Painted Panels featuring two concurrent series works, Hours of Darkness – Hours of light and the ongoing series Henge. McKeevers sensible ability to convey light and space in his works is presented here in all its force.

McKeevers approach is often experimental and he constantly exploring methods to drive the senses deeper into the painting. The paintings come to a process that is at least as important as the result.

The series Hours of Darkness – Hours of Light was originally made in 2014 for an exhibition at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, a great Jesuit church in Cologne, Germany. For this occasion, the artist chose to start from his own “abandoned” paintings. Parts of the canvas from these paintings were attached to small wooden paneling and then painted over again. McKeever often work to gradually build up the paintings with layers of oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache paint. In this way, he creates a layered surface that the viewer seems to give light or withhold it. A mediated sense of light rather than an imaged light. There for the title Hours of Darkness – Hours of Light. With roots in sacral architecture and with a respect for materials, speaks the works in the exhibition to an unidentifiable, but inherent sense in all of us.

McKeevers ongoing series of paintings Henge starts from neolithic architecture, stone circles as well as earthworks that are near his home in southwest England. The works are structured as diptychs with an underlying architectural language where each half expresses a physical heaviness or lightness, openness or an enclosed feeling. Like a window or a door. The works are like the Hours of Darkness – Hours of Light built up in layers and leaving parts of the canvas visible. Paintings showing McKeever of understanding of the painting’s ability to create space and structure in their own medium.

In painting one does not set out to paint what one knows, but rather tries to touch those things which one does not know and which perhaps cannot be know. – Ian McKeever

Ian McKeever

“Paintings and Painted Panels”

12 januari – 18 februari, 2017

Galleri Andersson Sandström was founded in 1980 and is today owned and operated by Stefan Andersson and Sara Sandström Nilsson. The gallery focuses on international contemporary art and represents both well-established names and young emerging artists. The gallery has a special interest in outdoor sculpture and public commissions.

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