David Keeling, High tide, soft light - Kelso, 2008, oil on linen 152 x 183cm
Keeling's key subject matter is the landscape. He uses this as a vehicle for discussing environmental and social concerns. A garage sale or a glimpse of a new housing estate are subtle intersections into the classical or romantic notions of the genre. His canvases are beautiful objects and they present his concern for the things around him.
"I still paint because on one level I am obsessed with the process, and on another level it allows me to reflect on the world around me. For me the best images are the ones that leave the viewer questioning
For the last fifteen years my work has dealt with nature and culture. I believe that if landscape is to survive as a form, then we can not rely on the Romantic or Nostalgic any longer. Too much is at stake to retreat into the comfortable view. For this reason I try in my work to take account of our relationship with nature. It's the reason I construct my images so deliberately, why for instance an object sits in a landscape in a particular way or that there is evidence of a human presence (historical and contemporary) echoing through a 'view'."
Keeling is an established Australian artist and his work is included in major public and private collections. He lives and works in Hobart.