Floating Land Archive Site 2021


Ash Keating

Ash Keating’s ambitious painting project has been born of lockdown. Unable to travel from Melbourne where his studio is located, Keating has created a work that co-opts 30 household doors painted as a vibrant interconnected work influenced by the influx of sunset and bushfire images circulating on social media throughout the second pandemic year. These fractured snippets of beauty and disaster have been further splintered in Keating’s installation – the once epic, multipaneled work dispersed through the landscape across multiple sites, echoing the scattering of sources from where the images originally came.

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Melbourne-born visual artist Ash Keating is most notably recognised for his impulsive and exuberant style, attributed to the repurposing of fire extinguishers to paint – A resourceful practice he picked up in 2004 that has attracted significant attention both at home and abroad.

Keating has undertaken numerous large-scale painting commissions in public spaces of significant scale and note, including launching the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2013 ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition by painting the galleries exterior billboard. In 2019 Keating participated in Floating Land, by painting three large canvas works in front of Noosa Regional Gallery which were then inserted into the Palm Grove Circuit at Noosa National Park.

Ash Keating’s art practice has attracted significant attention in Australia, winning the Incinerator Art Prize (2015) and Guirguis New Art Prize (2013 and his works are held in many public and private collections including the NGV, NGA, MCA, AGNSW, MUMA and Artbank.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Gravity System Response, TWFINEART, Brisbane (2021), Duality, Linden New Art, St Kilda (2021), Hume Response Paintings, Ash Keating Studio (2019) Gravity System Response, Meat Market, Melbourne, (2017) and Response Paintings, Latrobe VAC, Bendigo.