Draw; re-draw; draw again; draw some more and then it’s the clearing of the drawing board. This is the process I go through as an artist every I translate my ideas to paper. There’s always a progression of technique when I make these works - what parts to darken, push-back, bring forward and strengthen. I really enjoy asking myself “have I given enough to the detail?”
I am first and foremost a draughtsman, my style is influenced by the classical drawings of Egon Schiele, Richard Haines and Australian, Howard Tangye. I’m interested in animalia, in particular a re-imagining of birds. Previously I have looked at native, winged creatures of the Philippines and personified them.
My current body of work Twice-Boiled illustrates the concerns of the ‘human condition’ - the good, the bad and the in-between, as observed by a twenty something year old. Birth, love, death and food are catalysts. Expect lots of graphite, felt pen with bold colour and pattern. Painting and illustration will be the primary mediums included in this exhibition.
See our full photo shoot with Kieth in his studio here.
Listen to Kieth's radio interview on local ABC radio here.