b. 1958, United Kingdom

Keith Coventry Biography

Widely admired for his work which takes aspects of modernism and grafting them on to socio-political issues, Coventry appropriates global symbols of junk culture-the golden McDonald's arch, in particular-and re-contextualises them, inviting the viewer to consider these logos afresh in a gallery context. Working in white monochrome, or colour, he hones in on the curves of the infamous 'M', cropping, recasting and framing, to striking minimalist compositions.

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In his extensive 'Estate Painting' series Coventry focuses on the architectural layouts of London's notorious tower blocks and council estates and distils them into abstract colour block patterns which have been likened to works by Russian Constructivist painter Kazimir Malevich. In employing these tropes of modernism, Coventry has said he is returning to the original ideas of utopianism behind these urban projects-now widely regarded as failures. As Coventry puts it, this kind of social housing: 'it was a promise given at the beginning of the 20th century that was unfulfilled.'

Coventry studied at London's progressive Chelsea school of Art. He exhibited in the legendary 1997 Sensation show at the Royal Academy, and was part of the elite Young British Artists who dominated the UK's visual art scene. Charles Saatchi was one of his first collectors.

Coventry's work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and is included in collections worldwide, including the British Council; Tate Modern; Arts Council of England; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010 Coventry was awarded the John Moore's Painting Prize.

In 2018 Reflex presented the first Benelux exhibition of Keith Coventry's work. In conjunction with the show, Reflex published a book including all Coventry's 'Pure Junk' works and with an essay by Sir Norman Rosenthal.

Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.

Keith Coventry
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Community Sign I by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork ceramics
Keith Coventry Community Sign I, 2015 Glazed ceramic
73.5 x 63.5 x 3 cm
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Pure Junk IX by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork mixed media
Keith Coventry Pure Junk IX, 2016 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
216 x 135 x 7 cm (incl frame)
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Junk Painting by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork painting
Keith Coventry Junk Painting, 2014 Oil on linen, glass and wood
50 x 39.5 x 6 cm
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Junk 6 by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork painting
Keith Coventry Junk 6, 2002 Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass
84 x 74 x 5 cm
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Golden Arches XVIII by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork painting
Keith Coventry Golden Arches XVIII, 2017 Gesso, glass, wood, bronze, gold
44 x 39 x 5 cm
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Pure Junk Study XI by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork mixed media
Keith Coventry Pure Junk Study XI, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
44 x 38.5 x 5 cm
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Pure Junk Study X by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork mixed media
Keith Coventry Pure Junk Study X, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
43.5 x 35.5 x 5 cm
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Pure Junk Study IX by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork mixed media
Keith Coventry Pure Junk Study IX, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
44 x 38.5 x 5 cm
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Keith Coventry
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Keith Coventry
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Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, United States
Pace Gallery East Hampton, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles +4
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