David Keating is an Australian contemporary artist, whose multidisciplinary practice engages installation, video, performance, and public sculpture, with a focus on expanded and experimental forms of drawing. Based in Germany, 2004 – 2020 he predominantly produced installations that examined the relationship between architecture, institutions, design and the body. These works combined a rich sense of materiality with a critical perspective on the agency of the artwork and artistic gesture. Based in Melbourne since 2020 Keating’s practice has focused on several extensive series of line drawings, characterised by subversive humour and an idiosyncratic personal iconography and videos, which the artist calls ‘cinematic drawings’, recordings of the drawing process reimagined into cinematic tableaux reminiscent of the video essay format. These works explore dissonant contemporary cultural vocabularies and the limits of drawing as a language by reimagining the temporal and conceptual possibilities of drawing practice.

Recently, Keating completed the PhD research project, ‘Against Fixation – The Ambivalence of the Drawn Line in Contemporary Art Practice,’ which proposes that although drawn lines are a fundamental technology in the visualisation of knowledge, an underlying ambivalence lies at their core. The project explores their use in contemporary art, focusing on their natural capacity to disorganise and resist rigid forms of fixation, effectively centralising ambivalence as a potent strategy in material practice.

Solo exhibitions include ‘Endless Nameless’, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, ‘Passage’ RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, ‘Habitual Despair’ at Conners Conners, Melbourne and ‘The Containers’ Chauffeur, Sydney. He has participated in significant international group exhibitions such as The Brussels Biennial 1, Belgium and at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, the Bass Museum of Art, Miami and Art Altstetten Albisrieden, Zurich.

He has been awarded the Australia Council Studio Residency, Los Angeles, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Studio, Trondheim, Norway, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Scholarship and funding from Arts Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the Danish Arts Council. He holds a BFA from The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a PhD at La Trobe University.

 David Keating 

*1977 Melbourne Australia


instagram: davidmkeating


1995-1998 Bachelor of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne


Lines (or against fixation), Phyllis Palmer Gallery, Latrobe University, Bendigo

The Containers, Chauffeur, Sydney-link
habitual despair, Conners Conners, Melbourne -link

A sun in his head, COMA / Chauffeur, Sydney -link1-link2

Endless Nameless, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland -link
Interview with Curator Ines Goldbach -link

Passage, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, Switzerland -link

Sequence and descending, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, Switzerland -link
I like for you to be still, The Taut and Tame, Berlin, Germany


The Elastic Mind, The South Gallery, Broward College, Florida, USA

National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery – link
Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery – link
Omnibus, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin – link

Conners Conners Fundraiser -link
HELL ‘N’ BACK Again CAVES Fundraiser 2021 -link
Auckland Art fair, Chauffeur, Auckland, New Zealand

Release and Clutch, 
Latrobe Art Institute, Bendigo -link

Constructing desire #4 I’m so fucky* -link
Rhythm & Blues,
Chauffeur, Sydney -link

The Intimate Edge,
 Grand Army Collective Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA -link

Stoneroses#5, Riverside, Worblaufen, Switzerland -link
Other People’s Poetry, 10th floor Wilhelmstrasse 3, Berlin, Germany

AAA – Art Altstetten Albisrieden, Zurich, Switzerland link

SMALL Rome, Frutta, Rome, Italy-link

Bischoff Projects, Frankfurt, Germany-link
When I paint my masterpiece, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, New Zealand -link

Als Moriandi mit der Kinematographie liebäugelte, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany -link

The Hysterical Sublime, Spazio Cabinet, Milan -link

DROP HANDKERCHIEF BACKDROP, 1857, Oslo, Norway -link
Hysterical Sublime, David Keating & Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Spazio Cabinet, Milan, Italy -link
CHUTZPAH, David Keating & Dan Rees, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin, Germany-link

Warm Summer Days Indoors, Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany -link


The Objects, 18th Street Studio, Los Angeles, USA –link

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Florian Waldvogel, 
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels Biennial 1, Brussels, Belgium -link 

Tales from the Travel Journal Vol. 1, curated by Catherine Hemelryk, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania -link

Obviously a Museum, (in collaboration with Benjamin Cittadini), Melbourne Museum, Australia


Auckland Art Gallery -link

All images are property of the artist.

© David Keating, 2022