A look into the world of digital artist Keith Drury
There’s no shortage of paintings and prints of Bristol but the contemporary digital works of Northern Ireland’s Keith Drury are far from your average cityscape. And with digital art now very well respected in the art world – it’s no surprise that Keith’s work is so popular.
Keith’s pictures can take three or four months to create – and that’s working 12 hour days (he doesn’t need much sleep!). The level of detail in each piece is astonishing – transporting us through the history of the city right up to the present day. Keith comments,
“You might need a magnifying glass or the eyes of a young child to see some of the details I include. There is always a courting couple hidden in my compositions and people who know my work know to look for them. In one of my Belfast pieces there’s a telephone box with the door open. There’s a number written inside apparently for the Northern Ireland Assembly, but if you were to ring it you would get through to Belfast Zoo!”
Keith’s Bristol series consists of 3 limited edition prints featuring a bold, colourful quirky representation of iconic landmarks such as The Suspension Bridge, The SS Great Britain, The Matthew, Cabot Tower, old favourites like the Llandogger and The Old Duke and of course not forgetting Shaun the Sheep, Gromit and a balloon or two!
Keith has no idea where his art gene came from, as neither of his parents had any interest in it and his father even advised him to get a ‘real job’. We are very glad he ignored that advice!
We were first introduced to Keith and supported his work at the beginning of his professional career as an artist. It has been an exciting journey watching the demand for his work increase dramatically in recent years.
So the obvious question is – how does he do it?
“Whilst I’m tempted to say ‘by magic’ or because ‘the Fairies made me do it,’ in reality it is created by a lot of painstaking hours spent making digital models in intricate 3d detail. Everything you see in the picture is a 3d model, from a signpost to a vehicle and all the buildings, even the clouds are transparent models which are sculpted. The only exception are the stars –
I tried modelling them but I wasn’t happy with the result. That said, in some pictures the moon is a model. I use a completely free hand digital creative modelling process for everything you see in the picture, so I can take a building and use it from any angle.”
To see the full range of Keith’s fascinating prints, go to www.fizzgallery.co.uk From £125