Keith Coventry

Born in 1958 - United Kingdom


Keith Coventry was born in Burnley in 1958 and lives and works in London. He attended Brighton Polytechnic 1978–81 and Chelsea School of Art London 1981– 82. Charles Saatchi was an early advocate and collector, featuring Coventry in Young British Artists V (1995) at his gallery on Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, London.

Keith 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. Of his work, Coventry said in 2008, "I look at the history of art, and I look at a social issue and I combine them.”

Keith Coventry is a political artist who is concerned with the contradictions at the core of British Life; Matthew Collings, a British art critic, writer, broadcaster and artist, writes: "These paintings capture the moment when modernist Utopian dreams — the well-meant belief that peoples’ lives would be bettered by living in clean, modern, high rise buildings, with lifts, way up above the street with plenty of fresh air—evaporated. Because instead of being the touted New Jerusalem, homes for heroes, the estates spawned new problems, vandalism, violence, social isolation, drug dealing and addiction, prostitution and racism, recurring themes in Coventry’s work."

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Keith Coventry: Junk, Paul Stolper, London, April 30-June 6, 2015
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015,
Whitechapel Gallery, London, January 15-April 16, 2015
Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, London, March 4-May 18, 2014
Keith Coventry, Lieu d’art Contemporain, Narbonne,France,July 5–September
6, 2014
Keith Coventry: Twentieth Century Estates, Modern Collections, London,
January 24–March 22, 2013. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Junk Paintings, Pace London, 6–10 Lexington Street,
November 2–December 21, 2012. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Deontological Pictures, Peer, London, October 3–December
1, 2012. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry, Black Bronze: White Slaves, The Bowes Museum, Barnard
Castle, County Durham, July 14–September 16, 2012. Traveled to: New Art
Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, September 29–November
18, 2012. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Collection Particulière, Seomi & Tuus Gallery, Seoul, 2011.
Copper & Silk: New Works by Keith Coventry, Museum of London, May 17–
October 7, 2010.
Keith Coventry: Echoes of Albany, The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey, United
Kingdom, May 14–July 24, 2010.
Keith Coventry: Painting and Sculpture Part II: Works 2002–2009, Haunch of
Venison, London, June 8–August 15, 2009. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Painting and Sculpture Part I: Early Groups, Haunch of
Venison, London, December 10, 2008–January 31, 2009. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Copper and Silk, Paul Stolper, London, November 28, 2008–
January 10, 2009.
Keith Coventry, Seomi & Tuus Gallery, Seoul, Korea, August 1–September 5,
Keith Coventry: Heroes and Racists, Fine Arts Society, London, June 25–July
17, 2008. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Anaesthesia as Aesthetic, Haunch of Venison, Zürich, March
7–April 12, 2008. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Key Groups, Julius Werner Gallery, Berlin, October 1–
November 3, 2007.
Keith Coventry: Paintings, Tramway, Glasgow, August 18–September 17,
2006. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Endangered Species, Fine Arts Society, London, January 17–
February 19, 2006.
Keith Coventry: New Works, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, November 26–
December 30, 2004.
Keith Coventry: It has been said that only the pervert does not do drugs, Emily
Tsingou Gallery, London, March 8–30, 2002.
Keith Coventry, Doggerfisher Gallery, Edinburgh, February 7–March 3, 2002.
Keith Coventry, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, September 9–October 28,
Keith Coventry: Crack, A22 Gallery, London, 1998.
Keith Coventry: White Abstracts and Estate Paintings, Galerie Frahm,
Copenhagen, October–November, 1998. (Catalogue)
Keith Coventry: Greeks, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, May–June 1998.
Keith Coventry, Kohn / Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, 1997.
Keith Coventry, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1997.
Keith Coventry: W.A.F.S. (update), Beaconsfield, London, July 1997.
Keith Coventry, The Showroom, London, October 15–November 16, 1997.
Keith Coventry, Ridinghouse Editions, London, 1995.
Keith Coventry: White Abstracts, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, October–
November 1995.
Keith Coventry: Recent Works, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, 1994.
Keith Coventry: Works, Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton,
Keith Coventry: White Abstracts, Karsten Schubert, London, November 18–
December 23, 1994. (Catalogue)

Keith Coventry: Recent Paintings, Karsten Schubert, London, October 27–
November 27, 1993.
Keith Coventry: Recent Paintings, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco,
February 4–27, 1993.
Keith Coventry: Suprematist Paintings I–X, Karsten Schubert, London,
January 12–February 6, 1993.
Keith Coventry: Ivory Towers, Maureen Paley, Interim Art, London, 1992.
Keith Coventry: Ivory Towers, Karsten Schubert, London, April 30–May 30,
Keith Coventry, Karsten Schubert, London, August 1–September 1, 1991.
Keith Coventry, Karsten Schubert, London, July 1–August 1, 1991.
Keith Coventry, City Racing, October 31–November 11, 1990.
7–December 12, 1981. (Catalogue)
Public Collections
Arts Council Collection, London
British Council Collection, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Government Art Collection, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury
The David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
South London Gallery, London
Saatchi Collection, London
Tate, London
University of Warwick, Coventry
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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