Sentinel X, 2003
Ian McKeever RA (b. 1946)
RA Collection: Art
This is one of McKeever’s 'Sentinel' group of paintings (2003-5), which were first exhibited at the Alan Cristea Gallery in 2004. At the beginning of the twenty-first century McKeever was also working on his Four Quartets, a series of sixteen paintings divided into four groups (corresponding with T.S. Eliot’s series of poems). In particular, the 'Sentinel' paintings (and their corresponding works on paper) relate to the 'Here' group from the Four Quartets. Equally in the way that an inner light seems to radiate out from the paintings, the 'Sentinel' paintings form part of a clear development from McKeever’s earlier 'Door' paintings to the 'Sentinel' and 'Here' groups, which all manifest this quality. It was discussed by McKeever (a regular writer) in a text, ‘Light and Heat, Black and White’.
The catalogue for the Alan Cristea exhibition includes a number of quotations from writes and thinkers including Simone Weil and Rainer Maria Rilke, who had inspired the artist.
2250 mm x 1250 mm
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