Michael Keighery’s mixed media, ceramic-based and performance art, is collected, respected and exhibited worldwide. From the Second Beijing International in China to the Huntington Gallery in Boston USA, his work has been featured in major contemporary art events. In Australia he has presented regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, as well as at the Brisbane City Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Keighery has recently been commissioned to complete a number of public art projects such as the ‘Sirens of Woolungah’ for Wollongong Council, mural commissions for the University of Western Sydney, Green Bans Park for South Sydney Council and for Liverpool Council’s Library.
He is also an acclaimed pyrotechnic and performance artist. Keighery’s work incorporates cutting edge digital technology to merge text and imagery with ceramics and other media. An acerbic social commentator, his work is frequently controversial constantly treading the border between the acceptable and the unacceptable. This artist’s work is widely collected and represented in prestigious public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of WA, Powerhouse Museum, Artbank, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Fuping International Ceramics Galleries, China as well as many regional galleries across Australia. Keighery has had a distinguished career as an arts educator and policy maker most recently as Head of Fine Arts Program UWS from 2003 to 2007, National President (Australia) International Association of Art (IAA), Chair of National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA) as well as Chair of Viscopy and a member of the NSW Arts Advisory Council, NSW Ministry for the Arts.
Michael Keighery is renowned in Australia as a ceramic artist whose work has long been concerned with humour, irony and popular culture. Keighery’s art exposes the double standards inherent in contemporary society and various aspects of our social mores and uses various forms of modern technology to create unique works in his highly distinctive style. Through his work, the artist tells a story rather than delivers a lecture utilizing irony and parody as tools to educate with humour and irreverence.
Keighery defies and abhors labels, borrowing images from the past and from today’s popular culture, creating new patterns, decorations and forms in two and three dimensions, always challenging the norm and always intriguing the viewer. Keighery continues to reinvent himself and his art.