Jonathan Keep was born in 1958 in Johannesburg , South Africa , where he obtained his BA Fine Art degree in 1979. He moved to England in 1986, where he received an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2002. His postgraduate show was awarded overall prize-winner of the Lattice Group Awards. His work has been exhibited widely and has been seen recently at Collect in the Victoria and Albert Museum , Network Europe at the Museum of International Ceramic Art , Denmark , Unexpected Too , at Sotheby's in New York .
Jonathan Keep's work is concerned with Art and Nature, the biology of beauty.
Keep says in this respect: “Nature - not objective nature out there but subjective nature within us -maker and viewer - is what interests me. As conscious beings I feel we forget the unconscious, instinctive role biology plays in our lives, especially with respect to aesthetic experience. It is how so often we respond at that unexplainable gut level to art that intrigues me. Most often my work develops out of the way I work, responding to the material and process. The work becomes an exploration of the nature in myself, as a reflection of the greater nature out there. My first and primary concern is with form, both inside and outside form and how we read it in a very bodily and physical way. By trying to understand these qualities in myself I am seeking to test the idea of natural creation being that which drives artistic creation - Nature as the inner cause of everything. The importance is not in the objects themselves, but how the work can communicate the pleasure of natural order - pattern, symmetry, structure, process. It is not necessarily personal expression I am seeking but a more universal awakening.”