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Felicity Keefe

About the artist

Felicity Keefe has exhibited in galleries throughout the UK, abroad in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris and Singapore, and at all of London’s major Art Fairs. Her contemporary landscape pieces are inspired by her experience of the British landscape as it changes and reacts to seasons, weather and time. She is also inspired by a blending of traditional landscape, literature and personal mythology which form an inner narrative within each series. Her work is distinctive for its sense of atmosphere, often brooding, but also starkly beautiful. Felicity currently lives and works in Bath.

Artist Statement 2020: “My work is inspired by states of flux, the change from day into night, summer into winter, calm into storm, outward into inward. The paintings have both an environmental and a metaphorical meaning for me and operate on both levels. They physically depict the essence of the landscape as it is effected by the changes in seasons and time, but they also describe an inner state of movement, flow and division. The work can be soft and dreamy, painted in thin layers, misty and obscure, or deep and dense with heavy shadows and skies. I aim to capture the dark and the light; the moment at dusk or dawn when there is a gentle stillness and the sky is reflected in the water: the veils of mist and stormy skies that come and go with the passing of time.”

Taken from the foreword to Prima Materia by Vivienne Light:
“Out of random marks something recognisable emerges while something one thought to be recognisable recedes back into randomness… Keefe’s approach of working partly with intent and partly with unplanned freedom mirrors the landscape as she sees it. This is a landscape both structured and chaotic. It is the confrontation and meeting between these opposing states in nature and in her painting which produces dynamic energy and exciting friction.”

Taken from Fifty Wessex Artists by Fiona Robinson:
"Felicity Keefe’s abstract landscape work is distinctive for its sense of speed and movement and for the originality of its technique. Keefe’s working method results in a panoramic effect which is akin to cinematography, and it is in this way that she is moving what appears to be a traditional genre into the 21st century."