KEITH MORANT: 

Born in England, Morant worked and exhibited in London until 1973 when he moved to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch. He has drawn and painted obsessively for as long as he can remember and, while classically trained, has always followed his own path of individual expression.

Since the 1980s he has exhibited extensively on the international stage, holding shows in London, New York, Miami, Toronto, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Istanbul, Valencia, Madrid, Florence, Ferrara, Bologna and Venice.

 

ARTIST"S STATEMENT:

    My art is always a journey of discovery into the essence of being. It is an effort to externalize the truth of my own existence on as many levels as possible and communicate a greater awareness of the quality of life. It is an attempt to generate enquiry into the greater spheres of understanding which lie beyond conventionalized intellection. For me, art is always an answer to which the question must be found. 

    In trying to come to terms with my compulsion to paint I have read deeply on the subjects of art, artists, philosophy, psychology and human creative history in general. It has been my desire to comprehend not only the multifold meanings of art, but more importantly, the reasoning behind my own innate desire to create. My findings, while certainly enriching my mind as to the necessity of art as a natural balancing process of the collective human psyche, has not given any satisfactory explanations or conclusions as to my personal predilection. Indeed, my researches have often lead me in a contrary direction where I am often confounded by the perversity and unreliability inherent to the so-called 'art scene'. Of course, in this age of ultra-communication and media conditioning, the dissemination of knowledge is at once both manipulative and out of control. The plethora of paradoxes and downright absurdities one encounters in the jungle of jargonese of art writers alone is enough to confuse the most enlightened of researchers. My own investigations have led me to conclude that, on one hand, any art knowledge can only be related to in retrospect, and on the other, while it may be of certain educational value, such knowledge is quite useless as an indicator to future directions or states.

    I have been painting now for over fifty years and I believe such experience has given me an evolving advantage where sometimes-satisfactory conclusions may be reached. However, every painting is a totally new experiment and I know that I will never live long enough to experience any form of ultimate satisfaction or so-called success. What small accomplishments I do experience must stay deep within myself in the knowledge that they may not necessarily communicate their fullest potential right away. I must always work for the future in the hope that someday my understanding beyond knowledge will communicate whatever it is that nature is saying through me. It is my wish that my own work, while initially seen only by the eye, will eventually be perceived by mind, and thus prove conducive to some small expansion of human consciousness.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS:

2018:

Exhibitions scheduled for Windsor gallery, Christchurch and Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Auckland.

2017:

Awarded Artists Residency and exhibition for the month of April in Venice.

Large solo exhibition  of over 250 paintings  at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

2016:

Manhattan Arts, New York. Award For Excellence in International  Art  exhibition 'New Beginnings.'

Honoured with 'Palm International Art Award. Leipzig, Germany.

'Morantics' First joint exhibition of Morant's  paintings and his wife's ceramics.  Eastside gallery, Christchurch.

2015:

Solo exhibition at Magma gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Award from Manhattan International Arts, New York. ‘The Healing Power  Of Art’ International exhibition.

2015:

January: Honoured with ‘Certificate Of Excellence’ at the International Palm Art Awards, Leipzig, Germany.

2014: 

Solo exhibition at Materia Grigia Gallery , Venice, Italy.

Exhibited ‘Little Treasures’ with Trevisan International Art, Bologna, Italy.

Seventieth birthday celebration exhibition of seventy paintings, Eastside Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

2013:

Received the `Peoples Choice Award` at International Art Exhibition ‘Little Treasures’ Bologna, Italy

Exhibited at the Museum Ateneo de Madrid.

Citation and Award from the Vajra Art Project, Kathmandu, Nepal.

2012: 

‘Morant In Manhattan’ Solo Show, Access Art Gallery, New York.

2011: 

Exhibited ‘Songs For Sydney’ Global Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2010: 

Honoured with Trevisan International Art awards for services to art in Ferrara, and Bologna, Italy.

2009: 

Awarded ‘President of the Republic’s Medal’. First prize at the Premio San Valentino  International Art Exhibition, Perugia, Italy. 

2008:  

Honoured at Galeria de Marchi, Bologna, with ‘Premio Ercole D’Este della Critica, (Critic’s Choice) Award.

2007:

Lorenzo Il Magnifico Award. ‘Premio alla Carriera  (Lifetime Achievement in Art.) Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy.

Presented with the Trevisan International Art Award at ‘The Spirit In Art’ exhibition, Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy.

2006: 

‘Music For Manhattan’ Solo show at Broadway Gallery, NewYork.

1988:

‘Morant In London’ Solo exhibition, New Zealand House,  London.

1985:  

Montana National Art Award, Gisborne, New Zealand.

 

Publications:

  • 'Art Notes' (The Psychology of Creativity) published by World Art Media, New York Art Magazine Vols 11-3/4, 11-5/6, 2006.
  • Interview with Yilmaz Zenger. NY Arts Vol 11-9/10 2006.
  • Article: Morant in New York' Avenues Magazine, Christchurch, New Zealand. 2006.
  • Music For Manhattan reviewed by Simone Cappa, New York, vol 1/2 2007.
  • Review 'Contemporary Hieroglyphics' by Jill Smith. NY Arts Magazine 2008.
  • ‘Premiato a Ferrara e a Firenze’ Article in ‘Art Journal’. Italy. 2008.
  • Front cover and feature article, Art Journal, Italy. 2009..
  • 'Morant a Venezia', booklet for Materiagrigia gallery, Venice. 2014.
  • Feature article on 'Ringing True' exhibition, 'Keeping On' magazine, Christchurch 2017.