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Free Thinking Radio 4 22/6/17

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v8y03

Wyndham Lewis

John Keane in conversation with Jon Snow

Flowers LONDON , Kingsland Road, 21 November 2106

On Monday 21st November, 2016 Flowers Gallery hosted a special ‘in conversation’ event between former Official British War Artist John Keane, and journalist and television presenter Jon Snow. Please click on the video below to watch a recording of the event.

Snow is best known for being the longest-running presenter of the Channel 4 News, since 1989. He won a BAFTA in 2005, and was named Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009) by the Royal Television Society. Snow joined Flowers Gallery in East London immediately after presenting the Channel 4 News, which Keane describes as a “an essential fixed point in my daily consumption of news”.

John Keane’s reputation as a political artist has been established through a sustained artistic inquiry into the horrors of military and social conflicts around the world, and the effects of media distortion. His subjects have included Northern Ireland, Central America and the Middle East; and has involved working with organisations such as Greenpeace and Christian Aid. Keane first came to prominence when he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 1990 to be the Official British War Artist of the Gulf War.

The pair were introduced in 2009 when Keane was commissioned to paint a portrait of Snow to mark his 20th anniversary with Channel 4. Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne said of the piece "Jon Snow by John Keane brings a much loved figure from television into the world of art, to striking effect." Following the portrait commission, Snow interviewed Keane for the television series ‘The Genius of British Art’ in 2010, and they have remained in touch. The territory that Keane has explored in his career as a painter has often overlapped with Snow's own. The pair discussed their shared interest in politics and current affairs, the evolution of war art and its continued value in a digital society, and Keane’s project produced in response to the commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which was the subject of his exhibition If You Knew Me. If you Knew Yourself. You Would Not Kill Me at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road.


CHAOS - an exhibition curated by Nicole Farhi

Hampstead School of Art , Penrose Gardens, London NW3 7BF, 14 November 2016 - 27 January 2017    http://hampstead-school-of-art.org/autumn-event/events/chaos-an-exhibition-curated-by-nicole-farhi.html

CHAOS - an exhibition curated by Nicole Farhi

John Keane in conversation with Jon Snow. Monday 21st November, 8-10pm at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road, London

Flowers, Kingsland Road, London, 21 November 2016, 8-10pm    http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/john-keane-if-you-knew-me-if-you-knew-yourself-you-would-not-kill-me

John Keane in conversation with Jon Snow. Monday 21st November, 8-10pm at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road, London

Flowers Gallery is pleased to be hosting a special ‘in conversation’ event between former Official British War Artist John Keane, and journalist and television presenter Jon Snow. Snow is best known for being the longest-running presenter of the Channel 4 News, since 1989. Snow will join us at Flowers Gallery in East London immediately after he has presented the programme, which Keane describes as a “an essential fixed point in my daily consumption of news”.

FIFTY SEVEN HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE

Paintings of the Moscow theatre siege, 2002.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews, June - November 2016    http://byretheatre.com/events/john-keane-exhibition/

FIFTY SEVEN HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE

BBC WORLD UPDATE: Paintings of the Moscow theatre siege, June 2016

John Keane talks to Dan Damon, 9th June 2016

CAMDEN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ANONYMOUS ART AUCTION

June 2016    http://www.camdengirls.camden.sch.uk/news/?pid=469&nid=2&storyid=701

All the artists have generously donated A5 sized postcards anonymously. You won't know who has created the postcard until the auction is closed. The starting bid for all items is £35.

London Original Print Fair 2016

    http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/london-original-print-fair-2016

London Original Print Fair 2016

Kneel 2016, MonotypeSwinging London 1, 2016

Swinging London 1, 2016

Artists and refugees join Syria postcard project

Artists, actors and celebrities are joining refugees and school children for the British Red Cross Postcards for Syria project to mark five years of the humanitarian crisis.

    http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Media-centre/Press-releases/2016/March/Artists-and-refugees-join-Syria-postcard-project

Artists and refugees join Syria postcard project

BID!

BID!

BID!

Discussion Event on Sunday 17 April, 5-7pm, exploring the theme of Art, War and the Role of Memory. Panellists Richard Cork, Albyn Leah Hall, John Keane and Dr Glenn Sujo. Chaired by Estelle Lovatt.

    https://www.artrabbit.com/events/paintings-by-ron-delavigne-19192013

 Discussion Event on Sunday 17 April, 5-7pm, exploring the theme of Art, War and the Role of Memory.  Panellists Richard Cork, Albyn Leah Hall, John Keane and Dr Glenn Sujo.  Chaired by Estelle Lovatt.

Curious coincidence of Image and title...

    http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/2717/mark-wallinger-id/view/

id Painting 17 2015 by Mark Wallinger
id Painting 17 2015 by Mark Wallinger
I.D.(2), 2008, inkjet transfer & gold leaf on jute, 25x35cm by John Keane
I.D.(2), 2008, inkjet transfer & gold leaf on jute, 25x35cm by John Keane

John Keane: Prints

    http://www.flowersgallery.com/shop/prints?artists=john-keane

John Keane: Prints

What Are You Looking At? 2001. Illegal wood cut and digital print

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Aesthetica magazine

Troubles My Sight: The Art of John Keane, by Mark Lawson

JOHN KEANE IN THE RUTH BORCHARD PORTRAIT COLLECTION

    http://ruthborchard.org.uk/collection/john-keane/

JOHN KEANE'S WAR PAINT

Islington Tribune 20th November 2015

    http://www.camdenreview.com/john-keanes-war-paint

40 YEARS OF PAINTING, CAMBERWELL STUDENTS & TEACHERS, 1945 - 1985

Belgrave St Ives, 7 November – 30 November 2015    http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/40-years-of-painting-camberwell-students-and-teachers-1945-1985-featuring-david-hepher-john-keane-and-lucy-jones

40 YEARS OF PAINTING, CAMBERWELL STUDENTS & TEACHERS, 1945 - 1985

John Watson, Chairman, St Ives Society of Artists, a keen collector of art by Camberwell artists, and Michael Gaca, Director, Belgrave St Ives, who studied painting at Camberwell, have jointly curated this large scale exhibition of paintings and drawings

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE AUCTION

18 – 22 November 2015.

    http://www.freedomfromtorture.org/news-blogs/8628

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE AUCTION

The Ruth Borchard self-portrait prize

Piano Nobile, King's Place, London, 10th July - 9th October 2015    http://www.piano-nobile.com/exhibitions/30/works/

The Ruth Borchard self-portrait prize

Reality

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 10 July - 29 November 2015

Reality - Modern and contemporary British painting

John Keane, artist of war – from the Gulf war to Islamic State



Guardian Interview with Mark Lawson

The Wisdom of Hindsight

Kingsland Road, London, 20 May - 27 June 2015    http://flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/flowers/2015/john-keane-the-wisdom-of-hindsight/

Artnet. JOHN KEANE THE WISDOM OF HINDSIGHT

Backyard Painting
Backyard Painting

Man Who Paints The News




Keane On Radio 3 Free Thinking



RADIO 3 FREE THINKING 14.1.15

Studio International: Interview With John Keane



25/10/14

Private Passions Radio 3 John Keane



Private Passions Radio 3 John Keane

Whatever Happened To The Chilcot Inquiry?



Please sign the petition to publish

Reality: Modern & Contemporary British Painting

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 27-Sep to 1-Mar-2015

Hopeless in Gaza (Road to a Settlement)
Hopeless in Gaza (Road to a Settlement)

The Sensory War

Manchester Art Gallery, 11-Oct to 22-Feb-2015

Ecstasy of Fumbling (Portrait of the Artist in a Gas Alert)
Ecstasy of Fumbling (Portrait of the Artist in a Gas Alert)

Reflections Of War

Flowers, Kingsland Road, 19-Jul to 30-Aug-2014

A Hundred Years
A Hundred Years

Art Of The Troubles

Ulster Museum, Apr-11 to 7-Sep-2014

The Art of the Troubles

Belfast Newsletter 5/5/14

CONTEMPLATING THE TROUBLES THROUGH ARTS

The Other Cheek? Collection Ulster Museum, Belfast
The Other Cheek? Collection Ulster Museum, Belfast

John Keane Talks About Art Under Attack

Tate Britain, 30-Sep-2013

FRONT ROW

Frieze/Outset/Tate 2013 : Here We Go Again

Imperial War Museum North, 12-Oct-2013 to 23-Feb-2014

The Importance of Being Important

OBSERVER 6/10/13

BBC London 17/10/13

Catalyst

Imperial War Museum North



Press Release

Selected Artists

Flowers Gallery, Cork St, W1, 8 to 31-Aug-2013

CULTURE, PRACTICE AND ETHICS
CULTURE, PRACTICE AND ETHICS

Stranger

an exhibition of self portraits

Flowers Gallery , Kingsland Road, 5-Jul to 31-Aug-2013

flowersgallery.com

Fear No. 1
Fear No. 1

The Royal Mint Commissioned Me To Submit Some Designs For WW1 Commemorative Coins

This is what I did..The Advisory Committee decided to go with something else



 
 

Dallington School 35th Anniversary Mug



 

Fight For Sight Auction

Menier Gallery, SE1, 22-May-2013

Stretch Rupert 3
Stretch Rupert 3

Cityscapes

Flowers New York , 11-Apr to 11-May-2013

flowersgallery.com

 

Caught In The Crossfire

Herbert Museum, Coventry, 25-Jan to 7-Jul-2013

http://www.theherbert.org/index.php/home/whats-on/caught-in-the-crossfire1

Recently Acquired For The Herbert Museum, Coventry



Scenes on the Road to Hell
Scenes on the Road to Hell

57 Hours: The Opera



For anyone who may have heard me blathering on about at some point over the last six or seven years, this is a taster video we made of a workshop presentation at the National Theatre Studio in 2010


 
 

The Time Passage Series

Flowers New York , 529 West 20th Street New York NY, 03-Aug to 23-Aug-2012

Time Passage no.3 (Fourteen and Nine)
Time Passage no.3 (Fourteen and Nine)

12 British Artists

John Keane: The Father Instinct



THE ESSAY BBC RADIO3 25/7/12/

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

3 to 17-May-2012

http://www.therp.co.uk/society/exhibitionsortraits-the-lens-and-the-eye/

Blinking Rupert 1-12
Blinking Rupert 1-12

Cuba Beyond The Frame

Gallery 27 , Cork Street London W1S 3NG , 23 to 28-Apr-2012

Guardian 19.4.12

Leading Contemporary Artists Unite Against Torture And Organised Violence

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, City of London EC2A 3PQ, Monday-28-Nov-2012

Freedom from Torture Auction

The Art Of War

Chelsea Arts Club, Nov-2011

Ghosts Of Gone Birds



Ghost of Gone Birds will be presenting its latest show at the Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London E2 7ES from Nov.2 to 23rd featuring over 200 new works from artists as diverse as Sir Peter Blake, Ralph Steadman, John Keane,Charming Baker, Rob Ryan and Kai & Sunny. The show is dedicated to breathing artistic life back into the bird species we have lost. There will be live printing, talks, readings and performances

http://www.ghostsofgonebirds.com/

Ghosts of Gone Birds
Ghosts of Gone Birds
Dead Parrot Sketch
Dead Parrot Sketch

Slags Against Jihad - New Limited Edition T-Shirts



 
 

The Politics Show

1-Nov-2011

 

The Politics Show Artists' resale right

The Father Instinct

25 to 29-Apr-2011

A five part series conceived and curated by Lou Stein, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's The Essay

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010gnh4

Genius Of British Art, With Jon Snow

Channel 4, Nov-7-2010

http://www.channel4.comrogrammes/the-genius-of-british-art/4od#3135696

 
 

Unveiling Of Kofi Annan's Portrait With Un Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

New-York, Oct-12-2010

Statement by Ban Ki-moon

 
 
 
 

Standing Room Only

Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Rd London, 3-Aug to 4-Sept-2010

Independent 4.8.10

Kofi Annan And Portrait Commissioned For The UN

Feb-2010

 

John And Jon - Commissioned By Channel 4



John Snow
John Snow

The Ties Have it..

Legend



There is an urban legend that Tom Lehrer gave up political satire when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger in 1973. Tracy Emin was elected a Royal Academician in 2008. Where are you, Tom?

Children In Conflict

Aberystwyth Art centre, 16-May to 27-Jun-2009

Children in Conflict was a touring exhibition by Wolverhampton Art Gallery in association with Christian Aid, visiting the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry from 11 July - 13 September 2009. Two works by John Keane from this exhibition, Brothers 1 and Brothers 2, will be displayed for 12 months in the Peace & Reconciliation gallery.

Terry Grimley, Bimingham Post, July 21 2009

The Art Of Survival

An exhibition and auction of works donated by British & international artists

Maddox Arts, 52 Brook's Mews, London W1K 4ED , 5 to 7-May-2009

Helen Bamber Foundation

John Keane: Intelligent Design

More paintings about war and religion.

Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP, 20- -Mar to 18-Apr-2009

When evolution sceptics wish to attack Charles Darwin's theories, they often point to the human eye. How could something so complex, they argue, have developed through random mutations and natural selection, even over millions of years? Even though Darwin and his followers have provided credible explanations which have answered these questions, 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species the battle still rages. The starting point of John Keane’s new series of paintings, Intelligent Design plays with the contrasting belief systems of scientific empiricism and religious faith, and uses image and metaphor of visual perception to reflect upon this conflict of ideas - and the very real conflicts that they continue to fuel A series of ‘ink blot’ paintings use Darwin ?s face in a Rorschach test to reveal hidden species - butterflies in his eyes, bears in his beard... His face appears miraculously on the body of a Peppered Moth, (a hotly contested species cited by advocates as tangible evidence of evolution), like the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast, or the face of Christ in the Turin Shroud. Keane is playfully suggesting to us that perhaps we see what we want, or are conditioned, to see However, the bulk of this new work addresses the atrocities of the war in Iraq and its link to the home grown terrorism that implicates us all. Keane was the official war artist for the Imperial War Museum during the first Gulf war, but this is the first time he has made reference to the current conflict in Iraq. In a series of powerful and disturbing paintings, subjects include mutilations of the human body and the torture of prisoners - hooded and deprived of sight. Other subjects allude to the London tube bombings, the attack on Glasgow airport, and the murder of Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam. All of these atrocities grasp at a perceived justification seen through a prism of ideology and religion. In this exhibition, Keane is boldly and uncompromisingly confronting the belief systems and perceived threats that increasingly divide the population of a planet which should really be addressing the far more serious issue of it?s own survival A full colour catalogue with an introduction by playwright David Edgar was published to coincide with the exhibition.Star Dust

Star Dust

Tate Trustee...?



Some years ago a fat envelope arrived on my door mat marked DCMS. The contents turned out to be an application form to join a list of worthies who might be considered for positions as trustees of public bodies. With exhilarating thoughts about how the art establishment had finally come to its senses and was now humbly begging me to serve on one of its ruling cabals, I waded through paragraphs on topics such as ?probity in public office?, ?conflicts of interest? and how all appointees were personally approved by the Prime Minister. It turned out that the then director of the National Portrait Gallery had proposed me as possible candidate for a vacancy on their board, and, needless to say, I was flattered by his consideration. I duly completed the application and returned it to the DCMS, and I don?t remember whether it was with disappointment or relief that I was subsequently informed that the position had been awarded to someone else no doubt more suited to the post. End of story, or so I thought. Imagine my surprise, therefore, upon arriving at my studio one day toward the end of 2004 to find a message from someone at ?Tate? soliciting an application to fill a vacancy of artist trustee. With exhilarating thoughts about how the art establishment had finally come to its senses and was now humbly begging me to serve on one of its ruling cabals, I immediately returned the call and requested an application form. It was really only as I sat at my computer and set about filling in the details that the penny dropped. Particularly when it came to the ?work in public collections? part of my cv, which, whilst it does mention a number of public museums and galleries, nowhere does it contain the word ?Tate?, which just about sums up my relationship with the contemporary art establishment. I alluded to this anomaly in the blank space allowed for pitching my case about why I?d be a jolly good trustee etc. whilst expressing my surprise at being approached in the first place. However,It was now plain to me that since the trusteeship of the existing artist from an approved stable (Gillian Wearing) was drawing to a close they better find another one quick, but presumably due process had to be followed and several submissions would need to be invited. Some underling had obviously dusted off my name on the DCMS list from an old filing cabinet and it got chucked in the hat to make up the numbers. Never for a moment, though, if I thought about it, did I feel that my application would be taken seriously, but I filed the application nonetheless, perhaps just to prove a point. In due course a letter from Nicholas Serota arrived which informed me that I ?did not match the criteria for the appointment as well as some of the other applicants?, which I took to mean ?There?s been a bureaucratic error. You?re not actually on the list of approved artists?. I could have told him this at the outset and saved us all the bother. Fiona Rae got the trusteeship, and I was left with a nasty taste in my mouth. Shortly afterwards I removed my name from the DCMS list.

Commissioned By Christian Aid



In 2008/9 I showed the work I produced on my 2006 visit with the charity to examine the post war conditions in Angola. The work was part of a larger exhibition which toured to several other destinations, including Aberdeen and London. In the course of creating this work, I designed a number of African style fabrics, using motifs such as land mines and oil rigs, and these were incorporated into shirts, t-shirts and bags designed by Nicole Farhi, and sold to raise funds and promote awareness of the issues that face this country since the war ended.

 

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/conflict www.christianaid.org.uk/conflict/

 

This is myself with Luis Samacumbi, humanitarian worker from Luanda, Angola, who came over for the opening at Wolverhampton. Luis and his brother Amaral, depicted in the 2 paintings, 'Brother 1&2' were abducted as teenagers to fight for UNITA and the MPLA respectively, and Amaral was believed to have died in the fighting. In fact he lost a leg in a land mine explosion and when they were reunited after 27 years it turned out they had been in the same battle on opposing sides.Land Mines
Land Mines

These are some shirts (modelled by Ariyon Bakare) that Nicole Farhi has created using the fabrics I designed for the 'Brother' paintings.
 
 Oil Rigs
Oil Rigs
Football
Football
Village T-Shirt
Village T-Shirt

Fifty Seven Hours In The House Of Culture - An Opera



This is an idea that came to me during the early stages of producing the paintings about the Moscow theatre siege of 2002. Having absolutely no track record in this field (aside from designing the set for a Salsa musical at the Watford Palace in 1993) I w

http://www.pmwmusic.com