A Dash of Ash | Up in a Flash

Ash Keating (born Melbourne, 1980) is a male artist born in Australia, currently working in media, sculpture, painting, photography, installation and screen-based performance.

Keating painted a 19 m x 7.5 m vinyl billboard on the North Wall of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the 2013 Melbourne Now exhibition, using Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen paint and 25 fire extinguishers, to complete this work.  On the day he commenced at 5.30 a.m. and finished by noon; transforming a grey wall into a vibrant spray of colours reflecting an Australian sunset.

  • Melbourne Now, was an exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s contemporary artists and became the biggest undertaking in the NGV’s history. Keating was one of more than 400 artists to have created 170 projects which showcased the latest in Melbourne art, design, architecture, fashion and performance.

Keating completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Monash University, Caulfield in 2003 and then went on to complete a first class BFA Honours year at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006.

  • He was the Victorian winner of the 2011 Qantas Visual Arts Award, and a winner of a 2008 ANZ Art and Australia RIPE award, as well as being selected as a finalist in the 2011 Blake Prize, the 2011 Substation Contemporary Art Award, the 2009 Qantas SOYA awards and the 2009 RBS Australian Emerging Artist awards.

Ash Keating has exhibited extensively in solo and group gallery exhibitions in Australia since 2004, including solo exhibitions at the Latrobe University of Modern Art and Utopian Slumps in Melbourne and BREENSPACE in Sydney, as well as being represented in group exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary, Bus Projects, West Space, Linden Centre of Contemporary Arts, Monash Gallery of Art, Monash University of Modern Art, RMIT Gallery Melbourne, CACSA Adelaide and Artspace, Sydney.

Keating has created several ambitious site-specific art projects internationally including, ‘Pascua Lama’ (2006) at the Museo de Contemporeano, Santiago, Chile, ‘Label Land’ (2008) in Seoul, Korea, ‘Timuran’ (2009) in Jogjakarta Indonesia, ‘Ascension’ (2011) at ‘3331 Arts Chiyoda‘, Tokyo Japan, ‘Gardensity’ (2009-2011) for the 6th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space in Christchurch New Zealand, and ‘Zi Namsan +’ (2011) for City within the City exhibition at Artsonje Centre Seoul, Korea.

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