“Play is the true revolutionary element in art. Chance brings in natural forces.” – Jeff Keen
John Marchant Gallery is proud to present '100 Years of Doctor Gaz' - a centenary celebration of the extraordinary vision of Brighton's own Jeff Keen (1923-2023).
Keen was relentless in his quest for creative satisfaction, often drawing friends and family into his practice, many of whom appear in various guises in film and photography through extended periods of his career. Keen's experiences during WWII also made him a confirmed and evident pacifist. Much of his work carries explosive energy, though he himself moved with care. Keen had a rare ability to draw as if tracing a line already marked by his mind on the paper, allowing an incredible level of energy and confidence to imbue his work across so many media.
The exhibition will feature large format photographs and film stills, painting, intimate drawings and a rolling presentation of film from the renowned career of one of the UK's most exciting and pioneering artists.
This exhibition has been organised with the kind cooperation of Stella Keen.