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Ash Keating

Ash Keating is best known for his large scale outdoor murals created with paint filled fire extinguishers.

Melbourne artist Ash Keating, works within an expanded contemporary field, through painting, performance, sculpture, video and intervention. Keating’s practice is currently about the performance and process of painting, the remaining piece a document of the performance.

Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004. He has undertaken numerous large-scale painting commissions in public spaces for institutions and events such as Notel Hotel (2018),Splendour in the Grass (2018, 2016), Lorne Sculpture Biennale (2016), the Adelaide Festival Centre (2015), RMIT University (2014), andthe National Gallery of Victoria (2013).

He is represented by Blackartprojects and is currently showing at Sydney Contemporary until 16 September 2018.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Gravity System Response, Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland (2018), Meat Market, Melbourne (2017), Response Paintings, Latrobe VAC, Bendigo (2016); Remote Nature Response, MONA’s Dark Mofo, Tasmania, (2015); Selected Works 2005-2015, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, (2015). Remote Nature Response (2015) was a direct translation of the artists engagement with Cradle Mountain and was commissioned by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and DARK MOFO for Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania.

Notable group exhibitions include; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013/14); Artist’s Proof #1, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Gertrude Contemporary (2012); City within a City, Artsonje Centre, Seoul, Korea (2011).

His practice has attracted significant attention in Australia, winning the Incinerator Art Prize (2015), Guirguis New Art Prize (2013), Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2012) and his works are held in many public and private collections including the NGV, NGA, MCA, AGNSW, MUMA and Artbank.

In this video Keating chats to NAVA about what art means to him and the challenge of balancing the full-time production of work with the administration required to maintain a professional practice. 


Production: Dominic Kirkwood

Photo: Jeremy Blincoe