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The Importance of Music

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Keith always painted to music. In the early days when he had just a small studio upstairs in Lanhams Building he liked to listen to anything that Jon Anderson released, as well as Jon and Vangelis. He felt that Jon's words were so spiritual and matched his way of thinking. After we opened the gallery in 1990 we played ambient music to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Many of the musicians we featured were local to Cornwall and the UK such as Medwyn Goodall and Nigel Shaw. They were young, had a purpose with a message to share and produced cutting edge music for the time. The music that we surrounded ourselves with enhanced and complimented the paintings that Keith was producing.


Keith was a natural musician. He had played in a band from 1958 through the 1960's, often opening at The Cavern for the 1960's bands that we all now remember and love. His band was called The Strolling Bones and was offered the chance to go on tour but Keith made a life decision to conce…

Unicorns, Pegasus and other mythical beasts - part ll

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The stunning image of Pegasus the flying horse has captured our imaginations since the days when Greek mythology began. There is something so free and noble about him. In the stories, Pegasus often uses his powers to rescue others. According to legend, Pegasus was the offspring of the sea god Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. The white sea foam gave him his brilliant white colour.

Keith was always fascinated by the concept of a black hole. What if it divides us from another Universe?  What if it is ruled by Mother God? What if it is parallel to us but in negative relief? So many mysteries to explore! Keith asked all these questions. I like to think he is bounding through the Universe now gathering all his answers!!! And if he could command the Pegasus he would be flying free!

This painting, The Story of Semele, is a depiction from Handel's opera 'Semele'. Zeus loved the princess Semele and she, in fact, was the only mortal in Greek legend to give birth to one of Zeus' c…

Who are Freyja and Frey?

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Keith - Some Life and Times

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The hardworking fisherman was admired by Keith and often was the subject of his early paintings. He came from a working class family. His father was a painter but not of pictures. He worked for a firm that painted practical things. Keith was born in Ashton-Under-Lyne and was raised in Cheadle Hulme along with his older sister Joyce. (His niece Megan and her family live in and around neighbouring Stockport to this day.) When his Headmaster tried to convince his father to allow Keith to go to Art College, much to Keith's dismay the request was refused. "Get a trade, lad. It will never let you down." Keith was an avid footballer and played in goal. (He played football until his late 40's, after which he helped teach American youngsters soccer while living the winters in Florida. But I get ahead of myself!)


His father found him an apprenticeship with an electrical firm and Keith applied himself and learned the basics but was never very happy there. He made good friends,…

Unicorns, Pegasus and other mythical beasts - part 1

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Keith had a fascination with the myths and legends of our planet Earth. He felt like these marvelous beings were in our consciousness for a reason. Why are unicorns much loved by our children? Why have they fascinated artists and story tellers throughout the ages? What is the symbology behind them?
To Keith the unicorn represented purity of thought and action. The legend says that only those pure of heart can touch the unicorn and live.


In this painting Keith represented these four qualities: love (the wise matriarch), innocence (the young woman), purity (the unicorn) and power (the lion). In Keith's paintings nudity is representative of complete trust and simple innocence. This painting has a gentle energy, even in the face of the powerful lion who rests quietly with inner mastery.


These are the two most purchased prints by children through all the years of our gallery. Could it be that these precious little ones know more than we realise? In 'A Touch of Innocence' the l…

Peace

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Visions

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As I have mentioned to you before, Keith often had visions during his dreams and meditations. He had one waking vision while visiting the desert in Sedona, Arizona, USA. As he walked through the desert of red clay he stooped to pick up a stone, thinking to take home a souvenir of his time there. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a flash and in astonishment he stood up. In front of him stood a Native American Indian high upon a horse. The man and horse were transparent and completely bathed in the colour red. Keith blinked but the vision did not go away. He backed away from the vision, leaving the stone, now forgotten, on the ground and the man and horse before him faded away. He had a friend with him who was walking several paces behind when this occurred. As they met up he explained what happened and they took a photo of this spot. Years later in the late 1990's he was in between paintings and asked me if I had any ideas for the next one. I reminded him of this remarkable occ…