London born and Royal College of Art graduate, Keith Roberts has developed an easily recognisable and unique style. After a residency at the Delfina Foundation and following the award of the Abbey Fellowship, he had the chance to study at the British School in Rome. This was a deeply rewarding experience that still influences his work.
In the early 2000s Roberts took a stone carving course at the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust that allowed him to refresh his methods and start experimenting with different ways of making. After a public commission administered by Oriel Wrecsam in 2015, Keith resorted to 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’, their first exhibition after a major refurbishment.
Keith Roberts’ pieces encourage a contemplation of silenced voices and mute witness. Many of his recent works 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, Roberts' work reflects on the upheaval and chaos that is caused and to tally the absences and silence that ensues.
Exhibition History Highligths
2017 - War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection, London
- Calmington Road Memorial, Burgess Park, London
- Zeppelin Festival, Passmore Edwards Library, London
2016 - Distant Voices, Sir Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
- Distant Voices II, Braziers Park House, Oxfordshire
2015 - Oriel Wrecsam Art Vend - Off site project, Wrexham, Denbighshire
2014 - Threadneedle Prize, Mall gallery, London
- Oriel Wrecsam Open 2014, Wrexham, Denbighshire
- On Cloud Nine: Opera by Childe Roland, Newydd, Denbighshire
2013 - Duchamp’s Window, Duchamp Centenary Festival, Kent
- Combinados - Delfina, Bermondsey, London
2012 - The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon College of Art
2010 - Dorset Arts Week, Portland Stone and Quarry Trust, Portland
2008 - Art Futures, CAS, Bloomberg Space, London
- Solo exhibition at Landscape of Pii: Gallery 42, London
- Solo exhibition at Work, Boycott Gallery, Brussels, Belgium