Friday, December 21, 2012

Nexus series - Totem Poles

One of the projects Keith has worked on this year is a series of totem poles
using old fence posts that are made from African hardwoods such as Leadwood (combretum imberbe) and Mopane (colophospetmum mopane).
This wood has stood rooted in the granitic soil  of South Africa's lowveld for hundreds of years. First as a living tree, then later as cattle farming came to this wildlife area, these trees were shaped into everlasting corner posts for cattle fences.
They have weathered and baked in the lowveld heat, seasonally pounded by rain, and seared by droughts that we can only speculate upon. Every natural surface of these posts tells a story, and has been used by other species - great and small, as habitat or rubbing post.

Each post seems to house an individual spirit of its natural environment.
To work on them, Keiths studio was outside in the broken shade of a big old Bird Plum Tree (berchemia discolor) that is wrapped in a Python Creeper.

The theme of these totems is the nexus of life and death
The living tree, lives on in the fence posts and sculptural artworks. Each post is endorsed with images and bronze work, both gathered and formed by the artist.  The images arise out of the sense of the ancient wood - each determined by forms, curves and fissures shaped by natural events in the history of the tree.

The bronze frogs were cast from a dessicated frog form that was collected from a sand track in northern Botswana and cast in bronze.  The frog may have died crossing the baking sand too far from the nearest waterhole. The detail of its living form was perfectly preserved and has been cast to include the tiniest detail.  The bronze frogs appear to be migrating along the fissures of the leadwood post.

Snakes are often used to symbolise transformation and change.  They would also have investigated, and perhaps used, these very poles - as would the lizards of many colours.  All form part of the living ancient landscape that is holistically encompassed in the Nexus series.

These totem poles can be viewed at
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Friday, August 24, 2012



30x40"  or 76 x 102cm

oil on canvas

Cheetah brothers hunting in a coalition on the floodplains of Selinda Reserve, northern Botswana


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rhino Wars

"Rhino Wars"

1650 x 2500 cm

oil on canvas

This is a spectacular large canvas with a lot of detailed line work. It deals with the current battles to conserve wild rhinos in Africa and Asia, and looks at the possibility that rhinos as a species could soon join the ranks of mythological creatures.  The George and Dragon motif occurs across Europe from Russia, to the West, and in north Africa particularly Ethiopia.  Thus it can be taken as an international symbol in this context

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hyena Plains

"Hyena Plains"

oil on canvas

43x75"   or 109x191cm

This painting can be viewed at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

'Pride Male' Limited edition Bronze sculpture

'Pride Male'

Limited Edition Bronze sculpture
Edition of 15

Granite base size 47cm long x 16cm wide x 7cm high

overall size of sculpture: 30cm high x 55cm long x 17cm Wide

This bronze can be viewed at the studio,
and at Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday, February 7, 2012



buffalo and lechwe herds on newly flooded plains

30x40"  or 76 x 102cm

oil on canvas


herd structures

Masai herd structures

30x40" or 76 x 102cm

oil on canvas

traditional skills of animal husbandry create structures within the cattle herds

This painting can be viewed at Tryon Gallery, London, England

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Painted Dogs 'Ranging'

Painted Dogs Ranging

30x40"  76x102cm

oil on canvas

Friday, January 13, 2012

Kaziranga Tiger

Kaziranga Tiger

42x75"  106x190cm

oil on canvas