Two girls in the city

Born Launceston, Tasmania, Australia 1951


Davd Keeling studied visual arts at the Tasmanian School of Art (1973) and later in Sydney at Alexander Mackie School of Art, now College of Fine Art, Sydney (1981).

A landscape painter, his images engage with the natural world, but retain a strong connection to human occupancy of the land. Keeling utilises surrealist methodologies to emphasise the dissonance between these relationships, or to heighten the effects of space and uncanny scale of nature and the built world.

In 2006 Keeling won the Glover Prize for landscape painting, and was the inaugural winner of the John Leslie Art Prize in 1999. Since 1987 Keeling has exhibited regularly across Australia, and was represented in the group exhibitions Brushing the dark, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery and touring (1995); Pets, prey and predators, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney and Victorian regional galleries (1999); Art and land, touring Australia and Asia (2000); and Imaging the apple, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (2004).