Vincent Keeling is a Dublin born artist who has been painting with oils for almost thirty years. In this time Vincent has exhibited in numerous well known galleries on the Dublin art scene: Combridge Fine Arts, Sol Art, The Oisin Gallery, The Doorway Gallery as well as exhibiting at The Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition. In addition to this Vincent set up and ran his own gallery from 2009- 2015 where he not only displayed and promoted his own work but that of many other well-known Irish artists, not least of which being Vincent’s former teacher Brian McCarthy. In these gallery years Vincent’s own painting took a back seat, but since 2015 he has returned to his work with renewed vigor and ambition for his art.
I trained at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne under Victor Passmore and qualified as a Teacher of Art and Drama in the 70’s . After some years in Adult and Secondary Education I decided to become a Full-Time painter and for the next five years I completed about 700 Commissions and I had only one regret, that I hadn’t done it sooner. I was really learning my craft.
In 1977 I put my wandering shoes on and moved to The South of France to open a Painting Holiday Centre which worked successfully for the next twenty years. Although teaching took up much time I continued to paint, both for myself and commissioned pieces for Olympic Riders and Owners, Marine Companies, Husbands for Wives, Wives for Husbands, Children and other Animals for their owners.
During the Off Season I travelled to The U.S. several times to exhibit and teach. Exhibitions in California, Florida and South Carolina lead to invitations to give demonstrations in all three States and two semi-permanent Exhibitions in some really nice Galleries. The most interesting of these trips, however, were invitations to go to The Falkland Islands to paint Horses, Ships and Wild Life on South Georgia.
I’m told that I paint too many different things …. That I should specialise …. I disagree, I paint things that I want to Celebrate, things that give me a buzz.
Apart from telling you that I believe in Hogwarts, Narnia and Middle Earth that I’m giftedly clumsy and have no intention of ever growing up."
Born in Ireland. Paul has studied imagery in detail on a professional level for many years. He started in 1982 as a lithographer working for John Hinde, learning how to etch plates and following it on to the final print. His skill in the area of print was well recognised and he gained invaluable knowledge of the chemistry and mechanics of printing.
His fascination with sculpture started when he needed a three-dimensional model of Samuel Beckett to create new paintings so that he could light his subject from different angles. He went on to study Sculpture under Niamh Harding Miller and in the Irish Academy of figurative art under Dony MacManus. Paul also teaches Sculpture in Scoil Mhuire Clane and at www.sculpt4all.com
His work forms part of collections in Europe, America, China and Australia.