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Ian McKeever

Born 1946, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, England.

In 1965, Ian McKeever began training as a teacher at Avery Hill College of Education but he gave this up to rent a SPACE studio in London while supporting himself through manual work. It was here he got to know Bert Irvin, Bridget Riley and Mark Boyle. After an exhibition in Berlin in 1971 he was invited to teach part-time at the Slade School of Fine Art; in the same year he had his first solo exhibition at Cardiff Arts Centre.

In 1980-81 Ian McKeever was the artist sponsored by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and in 1982 he published his manifesto Black and White - or how to paint with a hammer. He was senior lecturer at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1984-89.

Solo exhibitions include Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany in 1987, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1990 and a retrospective of works on paper at Harewood House, Leeds in 1996.

Hour Painting No.10
Eight by Twelve: Print D, Version II