2014 saw a wonderful promotion of my work from Renee Phillips of Manhattan Arts:
In the late 1980s and early 90s my wife and I lived in New York. I had a large studio on Broadway in SoHo and worked hard to break into the art scene. We had a wonderful and very educational time both there and in London.
I succeeded in holding several exhibitions. and made many strong connections. We were particularly fortunate in meeting the famed writer George de Mare who introduced us to many people and entertained us for weekends at his family home in upstate New York.
With George de Mare at the St Moritz , NY
Exhibition in Connecticut
Ladies of Liberty
Nuts inside Statue of Liberty
1990 saw us back in Manhattan reconnecting with friends and the art scene. My new large studio was downtown on lower Broadway and right opposite what must be the biggest art supplies shop on Earth. It is called ‘Pearl Paint’ - six enormous floors of art supplies of every kind. Needless to say, I crossed Broadway many times, often precariously laden with canvases and paint.
My first substantial work was a series of six canvases that I titled the:
Broadway Suite, No 1
I worked every day and, looking back at that fruitful time, I realise now how much I was influenced by the energy around me. Also, being in New York with so much great art readily accessible, I see now how for a while there I slipped so easily into an ‘abstract expressionist’ mindset.
Broadway Suite, No 4
Broadway Suite, No 5
Fugue Canvas 1200x 740mm
Exhibition Dinner in my honour.
July 4th, Mercer Street, NY
Morants' in Manhattan.
Unfortunately, because of visa regulations our time in America came to a close and we returned to New Zealand, where life and art were decidedly much slower.
However, after 2000 (thanks largely to the Internet) my work began to be noticed. I received many invitations to exhibit at various overseas venues and am happy to say that we have enjoyed many more return trips to our friends in the 'Big Apple'.
I exhibited in group shows with several projects in Europe and America but my first solo show was in New York.
At my first big Solo exhibition ‘Music For Manhattan’ I was highly honoured with the company of the renowned violist Anatole Zelinsky. He flew all the way from New Zealand to New York just to play at the opening of my exhibition.
My eternal thanks also go to the New Zealand art dealer Alexis Brown. She negotiated, dispatched and helped curate my Manhattan show.
Jamming With Dizzy Mixed media on canvas 760 x 950mm
Alexis joined forces with New York curator Tchera Niyego and together they put together a wonderful exhibition of my work.
Two great curators
Cover of New York Arts Magazine
Music For Manhattan
I considered myself very fortunate to have enjoyed the support of so many good people. The show had good reviews and we made a lot of new friends which would prove very helpful for future exhibitions.
With Tchera and Alexis
Opening in Manhattan
Owing to my successful debut in Italy, I would be lucky enough to hold further shows in New York.
'Morant in Manhattan'
Paintings by Keith Morant"
Please join us on Thursday, April 24, at:
ACCESS ART 365 West 36th Street from 6 – 9p.m.
to celebrate with us the opening of:
'MORANT IN MANHATTAN'
Keith Morant, a very talented New Zealand based artist, has netted three prestigious awards during his recent exhibition tour of Italy. These include the prestigeous“Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Premio alla Carriera” award. (lifetime achievement in art) at the Florence Biennale Internationale dell’arte Contemporanea.
We are honored to announce that he has chosen Access Art for his spring exhibition in New York.
His work – always “a journey into the essence of being”, combines radiant vibrancy and electrifying intensity in harmonious compositions. Every painting is a new experience that strives to activate a mutual consciousness between the artist and the viewer. It is Keith’s declared goal to “become conducive to some small expansion of human conscious awareness”.
We are sure you will enjoy Keith’s work as much as we do and are very much looking forward to welcoming you on:
Thursday, April 24, from 6 – 9 p.m. to the opening reception at:
365,West 36th Street, New York, NY
Tricia in Times Square, NY.
530 West 25th Street New York
GLOBAL FUSION ARTS
HARMONY OF ELEMENTS
August 5th – 23rd, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 6-8pm
In May 2011 I was due to fly out to Toronto for the opening of the exhibition 'Shakespeare Asides'. However, because of the devastating sequence of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit Christchurch, it was impossible to leave home. Fortunately I had sent the paintings on ahead and they were received in time for the opening and exhibition.
This series of six paintings were based on the format of the Shakespearian (as apposed to the Petrarchan) sonnet. I spent many hours studying and practicing Elizabethan script in order, not to 'write' it, but rather to 'feel' it. The idea was to get the viewer to be initially attracted and move closer to the work in order to 'read' it. Then this 'feeling' could be emotionally transmitted. Hopefully, this would engender (through the transparency), a deeper psychological awareness of an underlying sense of historical data - perhaps the realisation that even emotion expressed through creativity is also historical fact.
The use of Shakespeares words as my title seemed highly appropriate.
SHAKESPEAREAN ASIDES (Catalogue note)
For me, the most exquisite jewels in the crown of English literature are Shakespeare’s sonnets. This sequence of Elizabethan pearls that encircle the epoch of the great poet’s life and loves has always been a fascinating joy and deep inspiration to so many. These paintings are my humble homage to the man and his work. It is my hope that they may transmit a small token of his precious mystery that forever resonates and enriches our lives. When I was kindly invited to contribute to this exhibition I felt very thankful to Patrick International Fine Art for the opportunity to express publicly my deeper feelings and love for ‘the Bard’. They are, without doubt, my ‘Shakespearean Asides’ and knowing that they will be exhibited in honour of the poet himself alongside of the great Stratford Shakespeare Festival – I am doubly honoured.
PATRICK INTERNATIONAL FINE ART
Toronto Tarantella Mixed media on canvas, 910 x910mm
A solo exhibition of paintings
April 3rd - 28th 2012
Patrick International art gallery
190 Davenport Road