Keith Cunningham: Paintings

Keith Cunningham


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Publisher: Heni Publishing
Serial Number:9781912122738
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272 pages
Size: 290 x 210 mm
Date: 2023


The first publication dedicated to the paintings and drawings of artist and graphic designer Keith Cunningham, created between 1952 and 1966.

Keith Cunningham was one of the most compelling and mysterious artists of the twentieth century. Born in Sydney, 1929, he left school at 15 to start work as a graphic designer. In 1949, he moved to London where he studied at the Central School of Design (now Central Saint Martins) before pursuing painting at the Royal College of Art in 1952.

A very private man, Cunningham stopped exhibiting his paintings in 1967; his paintings from the 1950s and 60s were sealed inside his flat in Battersea for half a century until his death in 2014. Keith Cunningham: Paintings is a landmark publication that presents his paintings and drawings for the first time. The book features full colour reproductions of 108 paintings and 33 sketch drawings, with visible influences from Spanish masters, such as Goya, and Cunningham’s contemporary Francis Bacon.

The artworks are accompanied by a chronology, an illustrated essay from art historian James Cahill, as well as personal texts from Cunningham’s wife and fashion illustrator, Bobby Hillson, and abstract painter Frank Bowling, who modelled for Cunningham before attending art school himself. Published in a large-format hardback book, this is a unique title showcasing the work of a private yet remarkable artist.