Ian McKeever, biography

Born 1946 Withernsea, Yorkshire, UK. Lives in Dorset, UK.





 Painting and Painted Panels, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden 


…and the sky dreamt it was the sea, HackelBury Fine Art Limited, London, UK


Portrait of a Woman Paintings 2014 – 2016, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Twelve Standing, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland


Hours of Darkness, Hours of Light, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, Tønder,  Denmark


Between Darkness and Light, National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn


Between the Stone and the Paper, Steinprent, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands


Ian McKeever: Painted Panels, 2012-2014, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg, Germany


Ian McKeever: Hours of Darkness and Hours of Light, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany


Ian McKeever: Twelve-Standing and Three, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Ian McKeever: Eagduru - Against Architecture, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Ian McKeever: Against Photography: Early Works 1975-1990, HackelBury Fine Art Ltd, London, UK


Ian McKeever: Twelve-Standing, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden


Ian McKeever: Paintings and Photographs, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå, Sweden 


Hartgrove: Paintings and Photographs, Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany


Twelve - Standing, Galerie Nanna Preussners, Hamburg, Germany


Black and Black again.... Paintings 1987 - 2010, Museum Sønderjylland Kunstmuseet I Tønder, Denmark 


Artists' Laboratory 01, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


Hartgrove. Paintings and Photographs, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Lithographs 2006-2010, Hostrup-Pedersen & Johansen, Valby, Denmark


Recent Paintings, Galleri Andersson Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden


The Temple Paintings, Kings Place, London, UK


Assembly, Paintings and Works on Paper 2006-2007, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK


Four Quartets, Paintings 2001-2007, Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg, Germany


Assembly,Paintings 2002-2007, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark


New Paintings, Galerie Andersson Sandstrom, Umeå, Sweden


Whispers, New Drawings, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark


Bilder, 1983-1993, Morat-Institut fur Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg, Germany


Recent Paintings and Ten Years of Drawing, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK


Watercolours and Gouaches 1993-2003, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden


Text and Work, Ian McKeever and David Miller, The Arts Institute, Bournemouth, UK


New Paintings, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden


Paintings from the Four Quartet Series, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Paintings 1993-2000, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark


Paintings and Works on Paper, Alan Cristea Gallery, London and Michael Hue-Williams Gallery, London, UK


Ian McKeever and Kurt Kocherscheidt, Galerie 3, Klagenfurt, Germany


Paintings 1990 - 1996, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham and The Bonnington Gallery, University of Trent, Nottingham, UK


Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland


Recent Paintings, Galerie Modulo, Lisbon, Portugal


Paintings, Galerie Janine Mautsch, Cologne, Germany


An Aspect of Landscape, Al Bustan, Beirut, Libanon


Recent Paintings and Drawings, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA


Hartgrove Paintings, Bernhard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK


Hour Paintings, Galerie Tanit Munich, Munich, Germany


Ninety New Guinea Gouaches, Morat-Institut, Freiburg, Germany


Hour Paintings, Stephen Solovy Gallery, Chicago, USA


Greenland, Watercolours and Drawings from the Morat-Institut, Freiburg, Stadtische Galerie, Wurzburg, Germany


Notes, DAAD Galerie, West Berlin, Germany


Ein Diptychon, Galerie Weisser Elephant, East Berlin, Germany


Large Diptychs, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany


Paintings 1978 - 1990, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK


A History of Rocks 1986 - 1988, Kunstforum, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany


Greenland, Galerie Tanit, Munich and Cairn Gallery, Nailsworth, UK


Qororssuaq (Greenland 1988), Galleria Fantasia/ Pelin, Helsinki, Finland (with Timo Valjakka)


The Staffa Project, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum and  Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium (with Thomas Joshua Cooper)


Recent Paintings, Galleria Krista Mikkola, Helsinki, Finland


Ian McKeever im Innsbrucker Kunstverein, Kunstverein Innsbruck, Austria


Echo and Reflection, Arbeiten 1983-1987, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany


Recent Paintings and Drawings, Galerie Harald Behm, Hamburg, Germany


Paintings 1986-1987, Galerie Janine Mautsch, Cologne, Germany


Traditional Landscapes and Works on Paper, Galerie Ralph Wernicke, Stuttgart, Germany


Recent Paintings, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London UK


Through the Ice Lens, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany


Traditional Landscapes and Works on Paper, Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria


Works on Paper, Galerie Janine Mautsch, Cologne, Germany


Borderlines-Abstracting Art from Nature, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (with Frank Auerbach)


Traditional Landscapes, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany


Recent Paintings, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK


Traditional Landscapes, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK


Deutscher Zyklus, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, UK


Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Arno Kohnen, Düsseldorf, Germany


Black and White…or How to Paint With a Hammer, Matt's Gallery, London, UK


Lino-Cuts, Riverside Studios, London, UK


Islands, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK (with Bernd Koberling)


Paintings: Islands and Night Flak Series, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK


Fields, Waterfalls and Birds, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Third Eye Centre, Glasgow and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK


Vacuum, London, UK (with Rafael Jablonka)


Aspects of Work 1973-1980, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK


Ian McKeever, Galleria del Cavellino, Venice, Italy


Field Series 1978, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK


Sand and Sea Series, Spectro Arts, Newcastle, UK


Sand and Sea Series, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


Sand and Sea Series, Galleria Foksal, Warsaw, Russia


Sand and Sea Series, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London and Galleria Tommaseo, Trieste, Italy


Ian McKeever, Icon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


Works 1974-76, Galleria del Cavellino, Venice, Italy


Ian McKeever, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


Ian McKeever, Cardiff Arts Centre





Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga, Latvia, Contemporary Art Exhibition Qwaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, UK


Leitmotif, HackelBury Fine Art Ltd, London, UK


Structures, British and German Painting in Dialogue, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany; The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK

  Some Artists' Artists, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA


Convergence, HackelBury Fine Art Ltd, London, UK


In Cloud Country: Abstracting from Nature, Terrace Gallery, Harewood House, Leeds, UK


Gifted, From the Royal Academy to the Queen, Royal Collection Trust, London, UK


Format, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Prism: Drawings from 1990-2011, National Museum of Norway, Oslo, Norway


Materiality, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK


Watercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK


Artists for Kettle's Yard, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


Royal Academicians, Seongnam Arts Center, South Korea


Under Stor Press, Master Graphic from Atelier Larsen, Helsingborg, Sweden


Watercolours from the Sir Sydney Jones Collection, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, UK


Arbeiten auf Papier, Schaltwerk, Hamburg, Germany


21, Harewood House, Leeds, UK


p.p.painting 2010, Eisengraberamt, Austria


Northern Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK


Art for Life, Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, UK


At Home, Portraits of Artists in The Royal Academy Collection, The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy, London, UK


Fairytale Cabinets, Montana, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark


Hugh Stoneman: Master Printer, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall, UK


The Art of White, The Lowry, Manchester, UK


50 Years with Art, Lovjbergsamlingen, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Seven Royal Academicians in China, National Art Gallery, Beijing, China; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, and Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


2nd Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China


Matisse to Freud, A Critic’s Choice: The Alexander Walker Bequest, The British Museum, London and Hayward Gallery, London, UK


Works and Days, Acquisitions for the Louisiana Collection 2000-2004, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark


Hakodate Museum of Art and Marugame Museum of Contemporary Art, Shikoku Island, Japan


Centenary Exhibition, Carlsberg Foundation, Glyptothek, Copenhagen, Denmark


In Print, The Art Pavilion Gallery, Belgrade; Yaroslavl Museum of Fine Art, Yaroslavl, Russia


Eigenschatten, Museumsberg Flensburg and Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark


Graphic, British Print Now, Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, UK


Last Dreams of the Millennium, The Stephen Solovy Art Foundation, Chicago, USA


Into the Light, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath; Callografia Nacional, Madrid and Fundacion Municipal de Cultura, Valladolid


Strangers in the Arctic, Rundeturn, Copenhagen, Denmark; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, USA


Nuevas Abstracciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo d'Art


Contemporarie de Barcelona and Kunsthalle Bielefeld


A Series of Twelve Prints by Six Artists, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK


Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK


Yale Center for British Art, New Haven and McNay Museum, San Antonio, Texas


Life Patterns, Tate Gallery, London, UK


Zeichnungen Sammeln, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Basel, Switzerland


Desenho Contemporaneo, Galerie Modulo, Porto, Portugal


From Picasso to Woodrow, New Acquisitions of Prints, Tate Gallery, London, UK


Zehn von Hundert, BASF-Feierabendhaus, Ludwigshafen, Germany


International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Sloveina


Artists Books, Rocket Gallery, London, UK


Paintmarks, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK; Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK


Artists Impressions, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK


Geteilte Bilder; das Diptychon in der neuen Kunst, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


Des Dessins, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland


Air and Other Elements, Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland


Tierra de Nadie, Hospital Real, Granada, Spain


Aus der Sammlung, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany


Nature, Creation du Peintre, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland


Le Paysage, Trace de la Memoire, Galerie Barbar & Cie, Paris, France


Landschaft in der Erfahrung, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany


Lifelines: Four British Artists, BASF-Feierabendhaus, Ludwigshafen and Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK


Synnyt: Sources of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


ROSC '88, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin Ireland


New British Painting, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Zuruck zur Natur, aber wie?, Stadtische Galerie im Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlsruhe, Germany


A British View, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Current Affairs - British Painting and Sculpture in the 80s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; Mucsarnok,Budapest; Narodni Galerie, Prague, Chezh Republic; Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland


British Art of the 1980s, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Sara Hildenin Taidemuseo, Tampere, Finland


Photography: Art and Image, Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham, UK


Watercolours, Galerie Harald Behm, Hamburg, Germany


Viewpoint: British Art of the 1980s, Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, Belgium


British Painting 1986, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria


Prospect '86, Frankfurter Kunstverein/Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


The Forest, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


4. Europaische Grafik-Biennale, Baden-Baden, Germany


Landscape: Fact and Feeling, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK


A Journey Through Contemporary Art with Nigel Greenwood, Hayward Annual 1985, Hayward Gallery, London, UK


Ambiguities and Characters, Konsthall Landskrona, Landskrona, Sweden


Dialogue, Moderna Museet, Stockholm


Steirischer Herbst'85 - Phase II: Das Bild einer Ausstellung, Stadtmuseum Graz, Graz, Austria


British Art Show 2…Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979-84, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, UK; National Gallery of Scotland, UK; City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK


The Granada Collection-New British Painting and Drawing, Whitworth Art, Whitworth, UK


Gallery, Manchester, UK


z.B. Landschaft, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany


Photo (Graphic) Vision, The Winchester Art Gallery, Winchester, UK


Art Itinera 1983, Castello Pasquine, Castigliancello, Volterra, Italy


Presences of Nature-Words and Pictures from the Lake District, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, UK


Art and the Sea, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


Works from the British Council Collection, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK


Paesaggio di Paesaggi, Salone degli Specchi del Teatro Communale, Milan, Italy


Zeichen-Triennale, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany


Photographic Works, Galleria Cannaviello, Milan, Italy


Reference Works, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Englische Landschaftsmalerei, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany


Figures into Space, Curwen Gallery, London, UK


From Britain '75, Taidehalli Helsinki, Finland; Alvar Aalto-Museo, Jyvaskyla, Finland; Taidemuseo, Tampere, Finland


Sculture in the Park, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK


Coversation, Folkstone Arts Centre, UK


Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


The English Landscape, Arts Centre, Lincoln, UK


Inquisitive Eye, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


Spring in the Air, Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Glasgow and Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


London Now, Messehallen am Funkturm, West Berlin, Germany






Moved to London to study English literature


Began painting and took a SPACE Studio at St. Katherine’s Dock, London


Exhibited in a group show in Berlin, subsequently invited to teach part-time at the Slade School of Fine Art, London


First one- man exhibition at Cardiff Arts Centre


Arts Council Bursary


Exhibition with Galleria del Cavellino in Venice as a result of which he met London dealer


Nigel Greenwood and exhibited with him from 1977 to 1987


Arts Council Bursary


Arts Council of Great Britain Scholarship, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


Scholarship, Kunsthalle Nuremberg and subsequent one-man exhibition


Beginning of association with German galleries and museums


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Printmakers Award


Senior Lecturer in Painting, Camberwell School of Arts, London


Major exhibition at Kunstverein Braunschweig; also participated in British Art of the Eighties at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm


DAAD Scholarship, Berlin


Retrospective exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London


Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery


Lecturer in Postgraduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London


Guest Professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt  


Participated in Nuevas Abstracciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia,


Madrid and Museo d’Art Contemporarie de Barcelona


Commenced working with Alan Cristea Gallery, London


First one-man exhibition in Denmark with Galleri Susanna Ottesen


Studio Scholarship, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut


Appointed Honorary Professor at University of Brighton


Honorary Fellowship, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth


Retrospective exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense


Elected Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts, London


Participated in Royal Academicians in China at National Art Gallery, Bejiing


Appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Arts, London


Exhibition Four Quartets at Morat-Institut, Freiburg im Breisgau




Tate Gallery, London, UK

British Museum, London, UK

The British Council, UK

The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

The Government  Art Collection, UK

The Arts Council of Great Britain, UK

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, UK

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK

Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK

Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK

Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, Austria

Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Morat Institut fur Kunst, Freiburg, Germany

Schloss Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany

Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Museum of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungaria

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

The New Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark

Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tønder, Denmark

New Carlsberg Glytotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Nordic Aquarell Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

National Gallery of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA

New York City Library, New York, USA

Yale Center for British Art, UK

Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA

MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Massachusetts, USA

Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA

Cincinnati Museum of Modern Art, Cincinnati, USA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA

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