Discover the work of artist Keith Church in a new exhibition that celebrates the art and short life of this former Goldsmiths student.
Bringing together paintings filled with rich colour and texture, this is the first time Keith's energy, industry, talent, dreams and nightmares are exhibited for a wider audience to explore.
"Art is the result of an urge. Controlled and applied by the will of the artist. Though the urge often comes out far stronger than the control."
– Keith Church, 1976
In 1982 aged just 27, Keith was killed and his murder remains one of the very few unsolved cases in Britain. Keith was the archetypal impoverished artist. After graduating from the Art Foundation course at Goldsmiths in 1976, he devoted the next six years to exploring his craft, doing what he believed he was born to do: draw and paint. He entered an informal commune at Station Road in Broxbourne Hertfordshire and in a period of great industry made several thousand paintings and drawings. He was experimenting furiously with his own aesthetic, but before he could mature as an artist he was stabbed on a quiet road not far from his home. It is a tragedy his family has never recovered from. His mother has been the custodian of his art ever since.
Now, 35 years after his death Goldsmiths is hosting the first ever exhibition of the former student’s work.
The exhibition runs from 19 January until 9 February 2017.
Drop in, open to the public.
There is also a crowdfunding campaign which aims to fund the care, preservation and future exhibiting of Keith's work, ensuring it is available for future generations to enjoy.
Find out more: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keith-church-urge-to-paint-1955-1982?tk=04508631a2769e07d54c07d6a4f6f96ddc12df2d
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