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Ian McKeever RA, Sentinel X

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.

Object details

Sentinel X
Ian McKeever RA (b. 1946)
Object type
Copyright owner
Oil and acrylic on canvas

2250 mm x 1250 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by Ian McKeever RA accepted 2004
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