Keith Coventry, Pure Junk VIII, 2016, carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood, 216 cm × 136 cm × 7 cm (85-1/16" × 53-9/16" × 2-3/4") framed © Keith Coventry

Keith Coventry


b. 1958, Burnley, United Kingdom


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Keith Coventry’s paintings and sculptures filter everyday subject matter—the British Monarchy, fast food, addiction, and public housing, among others—through the lens of modernist idealism, bringing the movements of twentieth-century art and their tendencies in dialogue with contemporary political, cultural, and social issues.

He was featured in the seminal exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1997 and was a co-founder and curator of City Racing, an influential not-for-profit gallery in Kennington, South London from 1988-98. In 2006, Coventry received a mid-career retrospective at Glasgow's Tramway (Art Centre) and in 2010 was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize. His work has been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom 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.


Keith Coventry, Untitled ("Junk" series), 2002, oil on linen, glass and wood, 56.1 x 45.9 x 5.4 cm (22-1/16 x 18-1/16 x 2-1/8") © Keith Coventry


Keith Coventry, Aspen Estate, 1998, oil on linen, glass and wood, 84 cm x 69 cm x 5.5 cm (33-1/16" x 27-3/16" x 2-3/16") © Keith Coventry