11 Feb — 22 Apr 2023
The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery
The second son of artists Roger Hilton and Rose Hilton, Keith changed his name in 2010. Poets, actors, and other painters were part of Keith’s early life and are a big influence on his work.
Having been confined in psychiatric hospitals for 23 years and a care home for eight, Keith Woodhouse has continued to write and paint. The smaller pictures in this exhibition are based on memories of these places.
Keith went to school in Penzance and then attended London University, reading English but his mental health was already suffering. He was accepted into Falmouth School of Art where he ‘proudly’ failed the diploma.
Since a breakdown in 1988, Keith has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals, and currently lives in a care home in Devon. Poetry continues to influence many of his paintings, and he has had more than 100 poems published in magazines, journals, anthologies, and zines. Selected Works has been published by Vanguard Press.
Keith says of his work:
“My paintings walk the line between beauty and ugliness, juxtaposition is a key word here, each canvas should be complete in itself. When I am working on a painting I am aware that every mark I make or cutout I glue on has to improve the picture as a whole until it is built up and reaches a zenith.
“My poetry is just more poetry. It is original and unique yet unquantifiable in the face of all contemporary and historical work.”
All works are for sale.
For more information on Keith Woodhouse and his work see https://www.keithwoodhouseworks.com/