About the Exhibition

Artist Gillian Keightley presents a collection of new paintings on “THE JOY OF LIVING” at The Tetbury Goods Shed from 3oth May until July 7th. With private view drinks from  6.30- 9pm 31st. May.                    

A departure from her previous work, the exhibition includes a new series of acrylic on canvas exploring the distorted world of the negative image. Through the use of vivid colour and tonal light, the viewer is ‘taken to another dimension – or transported into a David Lynch film… stuffed with silks, velvet, puppets, circuses and vivid fields like in a dream…’ says writer Betsy Vriend.

Gillian, who has a studio in Frampton on Severn, first came to The Cotswolds to study Fine Art at Gloucestershire College of Art in 1964. She later studied at Goldsmith’s College before taking an MA at The Royal College of Art.

Gillian has exhibited her paintings in Europe, India and America. Her career began in London  when she started receiving commissions for murals and scenic work for film, television and photography. She then started a  business, ‘Living Daylights’ based in Camden Town – an independent company selling hand painted roller blinds to major department stores throughout the UK and America. Gillian, who lived and exhibited in London,  Mallorca and Los Angeles, also travelled to the Middle East – where she painted the ceiling of a sheik’s palace, and to India where she exhibited and taught.

Gillian’s work spans many different styles, from local landscapes to dark and other worldly mythological triptychs. No two collections of paintings are the same… so much so, that “people often don’t believe that they’re painted by the same person” says Gillian. “My paintings, though diverse, are worked on simultaneously and are often returned to after a period of rest. Each series grows as I return to familiar themes from a different point of view. This exhibition is called “The Joy of Living” because I believe we all need more joy in our lives. I always look for beauty, even where one least expects it. Beauty is always joyous. Come and see. It’s a great place to visit and they make a fantastic cup of tea!”

“The Joy of Living” is on at The Tetbury Goods Shed until 7th July It is open from 11am-3pm, Wednesday-Sunday inc. and all are welcome at the preview which  takes place on 31st May at 6.30-9pm.

Gillian takes portrait commissions of all types; pets, people, homes and gardens. She is also available for talks and private tuition.

You can find Gillian online at www.gilliankeightley.com

For more information and to request further images please contact gilliankeightley@gmail.com

Tetbury Goods Shed – https://shed-arts.co.uk/  – Old Station, Station Yard, Tetbury GL8 8DG