search for a tipping point where figuration collapses into gesture
Newcastle born, and Royal College of Art graduate, Keith Roberts developed a recognisable and unique style from a very young age. After a residency at the Delfina Foundation, he had the chance to study at the British School at Rome following the award of the Abbey Fellowship. A deeply rewarding experience that still influences his work.
In the early 2000’s, the artist started experimenting with different ways of making following a stone carving masterclass held at the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust. Following a public commission by Oriel Wrecsam in 2015, Keith developed the use of bells as a compelling image of silence and destruction. His series, each very different and unique, are made of plaster and painted to resemble lead, then laid upon their sides along the length of a low wooden platform. The bells represent the voices of those killed in conflict, voices that once rang out but are now stilled, and have fallen silent. Only two years later, The Estorick Collection commissioned three new ambitious works featured in ‘War in the Sunshine, The British in Italy 1917-1918’.
Keith Roberts’ pieces encourage a contemplation of silenced voices and mute witness. Many of the works in the exhibition are informed by the geography, both political and physical, of the Middle East often described as The Crucible of History. A crucible millennia old that continues to boil and spit. As fearful populations seeking any kind of safety are pushed from one horizon to another this exhibition reflects on the upheaval and chaos that is caused and to tally the absences and silence that ensues.
2017 — ENEMY - Jim Threapleton | Phil Hale, No. 20 Arts, London
2017 — Ceremony - Group Show, Tat Art, Barcelona
2107 — Ceremony - Group show, No. 20 Arts, London
2017 — Morphosis, Group Show, West Contemporary, London
2016 — AP42 Impression. Contemporary Printmaker Exchange, Macau
2016 — WAC Prize Exhibition, Wells
2015 — Memories of the Hunt: Paintings and Prints, Serena Morton, London (solo)
2013 — Echo: Poetics of Translation ICA, Singapore
2013-14 — 21, Home House, Portman Square, London
2013 — Paint Club, Beaconsfield, London
2012-13 — Material Matters, East Wing X, Courtauld Institute of Art , London
2012 — Jim Threapleton & Piers Jackson, Serena Morton Gallery, London
2011 — Never Mind, Space Studios, London
2011 — Multiple Authors and Previous Owners , Chelsea College.
2011 — S.A.G.S Woodmill Studios and Gallery, London
2011 — Precious Little, Crypt Gallery, St. Martin in the Fields, London
2010 — MA Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art, London
2010 — Auto Italia Gallery, London
ENEMY - Jim Threapleton | Phil Hale
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