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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.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Tales from the Colony Room, Dellasposa Gallery, London (16 September–20 December 2020).

Keith Coventry Featured Artworks

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Junk A by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryJunk A, 2002Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass
84 x 74 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Enquire
Black Crack Pipes by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryBlack Crack Pipes, 1999Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass
36 x 44 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Enquire
Community Sign I by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryCommunity Sign I, 2015Glazed ceramic
73.5 x 63.5 x 3 cm
Pace Gallery
Pure Junk IX by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryPure Junk IX, 2016Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
216 x 135 x 7 cm (incl frame)
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Junk Painting by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryJunk Painting, 2014Oil on linen, glass and wood
50 x 39.5 x 6 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Junk 6 by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryJunk 6, 2002Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass
84 x 74 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Golden Arches XVIII by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryGolden Arches XVIII, 2017Gesso, glass, wood, bronze, gold
44 x 39 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Pure Junk Study XI by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork
Keith CoventryPure Junk Study XI, 2015Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
44 x 38.5 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery

Keith Coventry Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Tales from the Colony Room at Dellasposa Gallery, London
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16 September–20 December 2020 Group Exhibition Tales from the Colony Room Dellasposa Gallery, LondonLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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7 July–4 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Keith Coventry, Junk & Pure Junk at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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24 February–4 April 2018 Keith Coventry Junk & Pure Junk Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam

Keith Coventry Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing
Reflex Amsterdam contemporary art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands Reflex Amsterdam Amsterdam

Keith Coventry In Related Press

Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week 23 February 2018, art agenda

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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Transient Space review – tales of the city Related Press Transient Space review – tales of the city 13 August 2017, The Guardian

You are in a multistorey car park. You don’t know where your car is. It must be in one of the four corners, on one of the seven levels, by one of those numberless pillars. But they all look the same. You can’t leave without the car and you cannot find it in the concrete labyrinth. This is the modern city. The familiar scenario is brilliantly...

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