BEYOND THE GOLDEN REEDS
Keith Rogers lives on the Dorset coast and every day he is inspired by breathtaking views and the wondrous local habitat. All this magic is reflected in his large scale, semi-abstract and expressive paintings – full of complex colours and patterns. “It’s about the harbour, the marsh, creeks and perfect moons. It’s about the reeds that turn into shimmering wands of gold in the morning sun. It’s all about colour and light and what lies beyond.”
Whether it’s a painting, drawing or installation, what you see is packed with energy and movement. Emotive lines and scratch marks symbolise, strength, vitality and growth, and evoke positive feelings charged with passion.
“It’s about the process of making art and what it gives back.” Through extensive reworking, a simple painting of an object or view becomes much more, as colours and marks are added or scraped away. Fragments of hidden layers are revealed with phenomenal discoveries that keep on giving. “When I add one tiny mark it gives back a thousand.” These mini events are strung together to create a sequence of moments in time, and give the painting it’s history.
Layers of paint echo the time they take to make.
As reeds draw the night-time waves, relationships are formed. “Its about water and land, colour-light, rough-smooth, lines-shapes- spaces and so on.” Absence is as important as presence. By letting go we can move our overactive minds into an empty space and find that happy place.