21 January 2023 – 5 March 2023
‘Witness’ charts the perceptual and emotional journey of artist Keith Lane over a period of 12 years (including a move from Sydney to Deloraine) and includes a series of incredible works in acrylic, oil and ceramic that explore various aspects of the human experience.
Across 18 carefully selected works, Witness explores three main themes: the interior/exterior of the mind/body, the natural environment, and the construction of culture. The earliest work in the exhibition is Arboretum (2010), an 18-panel acrylic/coloured pencil work almost two metres high and four metres in length that considers the confinement and control of nature within a man-made construct. While the latest piece, Eagle Hawk Neck 1842 (2022) is a direct response to Tasmania’s natural environment, looked at through the prism of this land’s history, and, as Keith puts it, “an emotional charge which seems to me especially raw, lurking beneath the surface of Tasmanian culture”
EagleHawk Neck 1842
Oil on panel
Claudia and Friend
oil on canvas
Quoth the Raven
acrylic, coloured pencil and oil on panel
acrylic and coloured pencil on 18 panels
About the artist
Born in London in 1956, Keith Lane obtained a Fine Art degree in 1980, as well as training and working as an architectural draftsman. He migrated to Sydney in 1989, where worked as a building designer alongside his practice as a painter/sculptor/printmaker and visual arts Teacher at TAFE Sydney. He moved to Deloraine, Tasmania, in 2014.
He has exhibited as part of numerous group and solo shows across the world, including in London, China, Sydney, Canberra, Launceston and Hobart, and he has work in many private and public collections. He has also undertaken public art commissions, notably two in Sydney Olympic Park.
Keith has twice been a finalist in the Sulman Prize and a semi-finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Most recently, he won the Meander Valley Art Award. He has featured in the Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. In Tasmania, he has been a finalist in the Bay of Fires show on three occasions and a Glover Finalist in 2020 and 2021.
He is currently living in Deloraine, where he works as a full-time visual artist (concentrating on landscape painting).
Keith Lane is represented in Tasmania by Gallery Pejean, Launceston, Nolan Gallery, Hobart and in Sydney by Art Atrium.