About the artist


Keith Coventry
 creates paintings and sculptures which manipulate legacies of Modernism to address conditions of contemporary urban life. His idiosyncratic and personal project to create a form of contemporary history painting encompasses an immense range of reference. These paintings and sculptures pit art history - Malevich, Mondrian and Warhol - International Modernism, Minimalism and Pop Art - against images of heroism and idealism, dissolute decadence and aberrant behaviour. 

 

Coventry has an enduring interest in the dark flipside of idealism: urban decay, social failure, drug abuse, and alienation. Many of the art historical references that he deploys are defined by the Utopian ideals of Modernism, the aim of which was to refashion the world. Coventry plays with these beliefs and shows them to be misplaced, even misconceived, the gulf between belief and reality stimulating a series of troubling undercurrents in his work. 

 

selected works

Ontological Picture
1999
Tanners Hill Estate
History Painting (One Horatii Fought and Killed Three Curiatii in the Seventh Century B.C. / Steve Ashgate an Arsenal fan fought and defeated three West Ham F.C.F in Mayday 1992)
1994
Junk 3
2002
Brockmoor Tower
1996
North Air Point
1992
Supermodel Sculpture (Kate Moss)
2000
Cannes
2006

past exhibitions

29 May – 19 June 2014

Keith Coventry

Ontological Pictures

Vigo Gallery
29 June – 23 September 2012

Matthew BurrowsBiggs & CollingsHeywood & CondieHassan HajjajMarcus HarveyHenry KrokatsisOliver MarsdenJonathan BaldockDan CoombsKeith CoventryHoward DykeNeal GallTom GallantSteve GoddardPaul HousleyPhillip LaiPenny LambHew LockeJason MartinRyan MosleyZak OvéMichael SamuelsChris SuccoDolly ThompsettGavin TurkDouglas White

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
23 May – 15 June 2012

Grid

Gallery artists

Vigo Gallery
17 April – 11 May 2012

British

An exploration of Britain's cultural identity

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

Keith Coventry

PICKING UP THE PACE
The irresistible rise of Keith Coventry
 

Ontological Picture

1999Oil on canvas, wood, gesso, glass176 x 220 cm x  cm / 69 1/4 x  in

Tanners Hill Estate

Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass112 x 83 cm / 44 1/8 x 32 5/8 in

History Painting (One Horatii Fought and Killed Three Curiatii in the Seventh Century B.C. / Steve Ashgate an Arsenal fan fought and defeated three West Ham F.C.F in Mayday 1992)

1994Oil on canvas, wood, gesso, glass and golf leaf110 x 85 cm / 43 1/4 x 33 1/2 in

Junk 3

2002Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass87 x 74 cm / 34 1/4 x 29 1/8 in

Brockmoor Tower

1996Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass83.5 x 73.5 cm / 32 7/8 x 28 7/8 in

North Air Point

1992Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass65.6 x 55.7 cm / 25 7/8 x 21 7/8 in

Supermodel Sculpture (Kate Moss)

2000

Cannes

2006Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass73 x 88 cm / 28 3/4 x 34 5/8 in