Keyt Gallery

Dodwell Keyt - Artist


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Dodwell Keyt was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia at the age of thirteen.

He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His work was first exhibited at The Perth Street Gallery in November 1987.

Dodwell paints and draws for his own pleasure and enjoyment. He uses the human form to express and communicate his feelings and thoughts. His main media is oil painting on canvas but indulges in other forms including digital art and prints.

He has experimented with a number of media and styles. He uses oils in most of his paintings but has used media such as watercolours, pen and ink, pastels and pencils. His styles range from minimalism to portraiture. He offers his original art paintings online or as prints on canvas.

Dodwell is comfortable with the use of technology for his artistic creativity. Today, he produces modern artwork by integrating his artistic skills with the computer. The rapid advancement of technology has opened creative avenues for him that was not possible a few years ago.

"Why should we not use all the available tools at hand to express our thoughts, feelings and experiences," Dodwell said. "Digital format has its place in the art world. There is nothing wrong with marketing paintings created on a canvas on the computer screen."

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Seated Man by Dodwell Keyt created on the computer screen using KRITA.

Painting from the book 'Island Resplendent' to help the kids in Sri Lanka

He also expresses his thoughts through the written word in poetry and books. By combining his talents in art and the written word, Dodwell skilfully displays works that provoke a response to his philosophy of life.

It is difficult to categorize his work. The artist describes his art as a touch of Realism combined with Contemporary and semi-Abstract styles. The underlying theme in all his works is the presence of the human form. He strips it bare to reveal its supple curves and glorious shapes.