Ian McKeever RA (b. 1946)

Ian McKeever began painting in 1969, renting a studio from SPACE, London, following a degree in English Literature. His first solo show in London came four years later at the ICA. In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship in Berlin, and this was followed in 1990 by a major retrospective exhibition of his work at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. In the early years his work was landscape-based, reflecting the many journeys he made to such places as Greenland, Papua New Guinea and Siberia. He stopped making direct references to the landscape in the mid 1980s, and his work became more abstract, reflecting a growing interest in the human body and architectural structures. The quality of light and presence in McKeever’s paintings have become increasingly important over the years. He has held various teaching positions; was Guest Professor at the Städel Akademie der Kunst in Frankfurt, was Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools from 2006-2011, and is Visiting Professor of Painting at the University of Brighton since 2001.


Royal Academician


Born: 1946 in Withernsea, East Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Elected RA: 23 May 2003

Elected Senior RA: 1 October 2022

Honorary officer: Eranda Professor of Drawing 2006 - 2011, Chairman, Collections and Library Committee 2009 - 2015, Member of Council, RA 2013 - 2015

Gender: Male

Works by Ian McKeever in the RA Collection

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