Shelagh Keeley

Shelagh Keeley was born in 1954 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She graduated in 1977 with an Honours BFA from York university, Toronto, Ontario. Over the last 35 years she has exhibited her work in Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, China and India. She is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Getty Museum (Santa Monica), Harvard Art Museum (Boston), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as many private collections internationally. She lived in New York City and Paris, France for 22 years and now lives full-time in Toronto.

Her work deals with drawing, memory, wall drawings, site-specific installations, photography, film and collage elements. The work is concerned with the strength of vulnerability, fragility and slowness. It comes from a space of intuition and instinctive intelligence dealing with pleasure, sensuality, desire and eroticism.

Artist Code: 1026


At the Table

2015, colour

Site-Specific Wall Drawings

2013, 10:50 minutes, colour, Silent

Collaboration Flâneur

1988, 32:30 minutes, colour, English/Japanese

Flâneur: Keeley - Matsumura - Namerikawa

1988, 52:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English/Japanese

Save the Bones

1987, 13:30 minutes, colour

Empty the Pond to Get the Fish

1986, 07:40 minutes, B&W

Las Vegas Notebook

1986, 91:37 minutes, colour

Cross Cultural TV Japan

1986, 60:00 minutes, colour, Japanese

Japan Notebook

1985, 108:10 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Portrait of an artist in the age of AIDS
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, May 6, 1989.