Born in the UK and studied fine art in Carlisle and Cardiff, Keith Fyfe spent most of his life as a visual arts teacher of students of all ages. Fyfe believed that teaching was an invaluable aid to the development of his own practice in that it obliged him to deal with all manner of artistic problems and the search for solutions. Most of his knowledge of landscape comes from walking and he does not often sketch plein-air as there is an overload of stimulation that he cannot process. He prefers looking. He absorbs consciously and subconsciously while walking and have walked in many places around the world. There is something about landscapes that is universal and timeless and he is never weary of it. Keith Fyfe was a Finalist in the Wynne Prize at Art Gallery of NSW (2018 & 2013), Calleen Art Award (2018/17/15/14), KAAF Art Prize (2018), Mosman Art Prize (2017), Muswellbrook Art Prize (2015), Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize (2013) and Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize (2013).
‘I explore landscape as an idea, beyond the particular. The landscapes I create are imagined and evocative. However, I think they exist or could exist. Sometimes I’ve come across them after they were painted. Some of them paint themselves but I can’t really explain that. My method is to experiment with mediums and tools in order to discover the imagery. I work small because I can have maybe 60-80 pieces happening simultaneously; some are finished in one hit, others can take months. The success rate is maybe one in ten but it’s a process I prefer to the struggle with a single large painting. My influences are very broad, the list is long and includes Duchamp, Cezanne, Manet, Velasquez, Fred Williams, and Japanese and Islamic Art.’