The Quality Controller, 2001

Keith Looby

The Quality Controller, 2001

oil/canvas 172 x 172cm

Keith Looby is considered one of Australia’s
most significant figurative artists. He set
himself apart from his Australian contemporaries by developing his own original and instantly recognisable style. Born in Sydney in 1940 and studied at the National Art School in the late fifties, and has been working as an artist ever since. Looby has lived and worked primarily in Australia but has spent time working in Europe as well as brief periods in New Guinea and
New York.

Looby’s connection with Canberra began in
1973 when he moved to Canberra to take up an ANU Creative Arts Fellowship. During his time in Canberra he taught at the Canberra School of Art and wrote for the Canberra times. He was also awarded the ACT Artist of the year in 1992.
Looby's painting work is often large scale. He builds the oil paint, allowing the figures to emerge from the canvas like bas-reliefs. His works are usually politically and socially critical. His latest works like The Quality Controller
are no exception. In these recent works Looby depicts characters of the contemporary Australian art world and often portrays many
of his own associated relationships or predicaments. The Quality Controller is created in Looby’s familiar style of heavy applications
of oil paint and along with other recent works
it forms a visual diary that follows his written communications to the "Art Master", protesting the increasing power of arts administrators
over artists.

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