1992 Keith Coventry (1958 − )

Coventry was born in Burnley (1958), Lancashire. He studied at Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art, London. He came to public attention in the 1990s with his white on white paintings which were included in the exhibition Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the Royal Academy, London in 1998. His paintings often refer to Modernism in order to investigate issues of contemporary social constructs. In a nod to early Suprematist painting in Nunhead Estate, the artist has mapped the layout of a housing estate in South London on a white background. In doing so Coventry highlights the estate’s utopian architectural forms and the work begs the question of how abstraction serves the interests of common humanity, in this case, the housing estate’s inhabitants.

My Yard, British Council 2009


  • Accession Number P6080
  • Dimensions 147 X 85.6 CM

Glossary (3)

  • Abstraction

    To abstract means to remove, and in the art sense it means that artist has removed or withheld references to an object, landscape or figure to produce a simplified or schematic work. This method of creating art has led to many critical theories; some theorists considered this the purest form of art: art for art’s sake. Unconcerned as it is with materiality, abstraction is often considered as representing the spiritual.

  • Contemporary

    Existing or coming into being at the same period; of today or of the present. The term that designates art being made today.

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.


Past exhibitions


  • 2013
    • UK, London, Modern Collections
    • UK, London, Modern Collections


  • 2010
    • China, Shanghai, Minsheng Art Gallery


  • 2009
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery


  • 2009
    • Wales, Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
  • 2007
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
    • Croatia, Split, Multimedia Center
  • 2006
    • Croatia, Zagreb, Gliptoteka
    • Slovakia, Trnava, Jan Koniarek Gallery
    • Czech Republic, Prague, Prague City Art Gallery
  • 2005
    • Lithuania, Vilnius, Centre Of Contemporary Art
    • Estonia, Tallinn, Kunstihoone
    • Poland, Krakow, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery Of Contemporary Art


  • 2002
    • Slovenia, Ljubljana, Moderna Galerija
    • Belgium, Brussels, La Botanique Centre Culturel De La Communate Francaise Wallonie-Bruxelles
  • 2001
    • Brazil, Curitiba, Casa Andrade Muricy
    • Brazil, Sao Paulo, Tomi Ohtake Foundation
    • Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Museu De Arte Moderna
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, Sofia City Art Gallery
    • France, Paris, Espace Elektra
    • Spain, Madrid, Centro Cultural Del Conde Duque
  • 2000
    • Italy, Rome, Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna
    • Russia, St Peter And Paul Fortress
    • Russia, Moscow, House Of Artists
    • Germany, Weimar, ACC Gallery


  • 1997
    • Macedonia, Skopje, Museum Of Modern Art
  • 1996
    • Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Musuem Of Fine Arts, The House Of The Black Madonna
    • Greece, Thessaloniki, Cultural Centre For The National Bank
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbachov Palace
    • Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin Museum
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Russian Museum
    • Greece, Thessaloniki, Cultural Centre For The National Bank
    • Greece, Athens, Art Halls Of The Cultural Centre Of The Municipality Of Athens
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Theatre Galleries
  • 1995
    • Germany, Magdeburg, Kulturhistorisches Museum
  • 1994
    • Spain, Jerez, Sala Pescaderia Vieja, Ayunamiento De Jerez
    • Spain, Murcia, Veronicas Sala De Exposiciones
    • Spain, Madrid, Centro Cultural Galileo
    • Spain, Bilbao, Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao
    • Spain, Barcelona, Centre De Art Santa Monica
  • 1993
    • Turkey, Izmir, Izfas Gallery
    • Turkey, Ankara, State Fine Arts Gallery
    • Turkey, Istanbul, Istanbul Greater City Municipality Taksim Art Gallery
    • Belgium, Luxembourg, Musee National D'histoire Et D'art
  • 1992
    • Belgium, Brussels, EEC Presidency Exhibition
    • Belgium, Brussels, La Borschette
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