About Keith Salmon

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Biography

Commissions

Solo Exhibitions

Joint Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Public Collections

Scholarships

Awards

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Biography

I was born in Essex in 1959 and moved with my family to Wales in the late 60’s.

I studied Fine Art at Shrewsbury and Falmouth Schools of Art between 1979 and 1983, before setting up a studio in Newcastle upon Tyne where I worked for the next few years.

In 1989 I moved back to Wales to join my partner and together we set up a new studio. Around this time I was diagnosed as having diabetic retinopathy. My sight deteriorated very quickly and within a few years I had to stop exhibiting work and instead try to find new ways of painting, using just the very limited sight I now had left. I´m now registered blind.

This has however, simply provided me with even more determination to continue with my artwork. In doing so, I´ve attempted to discover alternative means of working. This has involved experimenting with painting and printing techniques as well as looking at sculpture through a variety of mediums.We moved to Ayrshire in 1998 and by this time  I had enough confidence in the new paintings and drawings to once again start exhibiting them. I now have a studio space at Courtyard Studios in Irvine and exhibit my work regularly again.

In recent times I have tried to find ways of working that allow me to overcome the problems inherent in producing very visual material, with very limited vision. I have tried to explore my new and changing view, recording, (using oil paint and pastel) not what I see, but rather how I now see my surroundings.

The paintings have become thicker, the paint at times almost bludgeoned into place, the surface scraped and re-built forming overlapping layers of colour and glimpsed highlights of line and form.

Although still based on places known to me, the images I produce are becoming more distorted and broken. My drawings, built from numerous coloured lines woven together, are more like organised scribbles.

I hope that you, can connect with these paintings, and have as much fun viewing them as I had painting them.

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Commissions

2014 

Matarazzo Hospital Arts Project (‘Made In Brazil’) of over 100 international artists, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Commission to paint 4 paintings based on my artistic interpretation of the project. Included all expenses paid visit to Sao Paolo to experience the project.

2013

Private commission for a painting, 89 cm x 65 cm

2007

Private commission for a painting, 102 cm x 200cm

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Solo Exhibitions

2014

‘In Sun, snow, mist and rain’, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

The Glen Rosa, big drawing project, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

2013

‘In sun, rain, mist and snow’, Gallery on the corner, Edinburgh

‘Recent work’, Blairmore Gallery, Dunoon

2011

‘Impressions of the Scottish Upland landscape’, The Strathearn Gallery, Creiff

‘Painting & Drawing’, Blairmore Gallery, Dunoon

‘Paintings from the hill’, Gallery Q, Dundee

‘Scottish Landscape’, Künstlerhaus Gallery, Speyer, Germany

2010

Künstlerhaus Gallery, Speyer, Germany

2009

Great Glen House, Inverness, Scotland

2006

Gallimaufry Gallery, Blairmore, nr Dunoon, Scotland

2003

Drawing and Painting, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

2002

Drawing and Painting, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

2001

Drawing and Painting, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

1985

Drawing and Sculpture, The Music Hall, Shrewsbury, England

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Joint Exhibitions

2009

‘Work by Keith Salmon & Alison Thomas, Blairmore Gallery, Nr Dunoon

2008

‘Natural Selection, work by Keith Salmon & Alison Thomas’, HAC Irvine

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Group Exhibitions

2014

‘Spring Exhibition’, Framework Gallery, Perth

Jolomo Award exhibition, University gallery, Dundee

Gallery on the corner, Edinburgh

Autumn exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Gallery, Largs, Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Eglinton Park, Ayrshire

2013

Strathearn Gallery, Creiff

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition

‘Gallery on the corner’, Edinburgh

Frames Gallery, Troon

2012

Six into Twelve plus Hornel, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

The Big Postcard Exhibition, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh

Strathearn Gallery, Creiff

2011

North Ayrshire Open Exhibition, Eglinton Park, Ayrshire

Scottish Showcase Gallery, Kirkcudbright

The Frameworks Gallery, Troon, Ayrshire

2010

Jolomo Award 2009, The Strathearn Gallery, Creiff

Athol Gallery, Dunkeld

Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem

Jolomo Award Exhibition, London

Scotlandart.com, Glasgow

Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh

2009

Jolomo Awards 2009, short-listed artists, Edinburgh

North Ayrshire Open Exhibition, Eglinton Park, Ayrshire

TSB Bank, Edinburgh

Blairmore Gallery, Blairmore, Dunoon, Scotland

Gallimaufry Gallery, Blairmore, Dunoon, Scotland

2008

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland

Gallery 23, Glasgow, Scotland

North Ayrshire Open Exhibition, Kilwinning, Scotland

Gallimaufry Gallery, Blairmore, Dunoon, Scotland

Azure, Ayr, Scotland

Overt Gallery, Newmilns, Scotland

Rosie McKenzie Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

Magenta Muse.com, on-line gallery

2007

Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Gallimaufry Gallery, Blairmore, Dunoon, Scotland

The Gallery Stewarton, Scotland

Glasgow Art Fair, The Kalyani Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Overt Gallery, Newmilns, Scotland

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2006

Ardshiel Gallery, Isle of Arran, Scotland

The Gallery, Stewarton, Scotland

Gallimaufry Gallery, Blairmore, Dunoon, Scotland

Overt Gallery, Newmilns, Scotland

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2005

The Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Paisley, Scotland

Sense & Sensuality, BlindArt Exhibition, RCA, London, England

Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Scotland

Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven, Scotland

Eduardo Alessandro Fine Art, Broughty Ferry, Scotland

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2004

RNIB centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

2003

Frames Contemporary Gallery, Perth, Tayside, Scotland

The Courtyard Studios Group Exhibition,

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2002

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2001

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

2000

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Racquet Hall,

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

1992

Wales Art Fairs, Cardiff, Wales.

(Work represented by Oriel ty Bwer and Red Square Gallery at these fairs)

1991

Wales Art Fairs, Cardiff, Wales.

(Work represented by Oriel ty Bwer and Red Square Gallery at these fairs)

Welsh Contemporaries, Red Square Gallery, London, England

1990

Dyfed Open, Carmarthen, Wales

1986

Northern Open, Washington Arts Centre,

Tyne and Wear, England

1985

Open Drawing ’85, Tettenhall Gallery, Wolverhampton, England

MA Group Show, Newcastle Polytechnic,

Tyneside Artists Group, Newcastle Fringe Festivals, England

1984

Tyneside Artists Group, Newcastle Fringe Festivals, England

1983

Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester &

Tettenhall Gallery, Wolverhampton, England

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Public Collections

Speyer City Council, Speyer, Germany

North Ayrshire Council, Scotland

BlindArt National Permanent Collection, Scotland

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Scholarships

2010

Speyer International Arts Scholarship, Germany

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Awards

2011

Millers Prize, North Ayrshire Open exhibition

2009

Jolomo Award, 1st Prize, Scotland

2006

Rotary Club Prize, North Ayrshire Exhibition

1984

Northern Arts artists’ award

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