01 November 2011: Arts Council expresses its regret at the passing of Aosdána member William McKeown

The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of artist and Aosdána member William McKeown, who died on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

Speaking today, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said, "William was part of a new generation of young Irish artists. His paintings display restraint, subtlety and a lightness of touch yet at the same time seem to generate enormous presence. We sincerely regret his passing."

William was born in County Tyrone and lived and practiced as an artist in the Republic of Ireland since 1988.  He received an MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1994 having received an MA in Design from the Glasgow School of Art in 1987.  Exhibitions include ‘a certain distance, endless light’ with Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2010; an extensive solo show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2008; The 51st Venice Biennale, 2005; ‘The Bright World’, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2004; The Project Gallery, Dublin, 2004; ‘The Sky Begins At Our Feet’, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 2002; ‘In an open room’, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2001 and more recently 'The Waiting Room', Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, 2011.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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