Donald Keys Solo Exhibition
Opening night - Thursday the 7th of March
5.30 pm - 9 pm
Born 1958, in the coastal town of Bulli, Donald is an artist who is heavily influenced by the juxtaposition of his hometown’s heavy industry and environmentally sensitive beaches. Donald’s paintings are figurative works, in a contemporary impressionist style. He paints using vibrant colours that are quintessentially Australian, employing quite visible brush strokes to enhance texture, which give his paintings a tactile quality. His works generally feature people enjoying their leisure time surrounded by a mix of man-made structures, and the natural beauty of the Australian landscape.
Regarding this exhibition, “Pacific Recreation”, Donald observes that some swim for the exercise—to feel perfectly alive—others congregate for social intercourse; and then there’s those looking for solace in the sun. To be one with nature and to feel the concealed strength of the dispassionate wave.
Artists’ statement; “I find the natural escape afforded by our patrolled beaches and coastal ocean pools visually intoxicating and inspirational.”