Raoul De Keyser ‘Drift’ at David Zwirner

Raoul De Keyser  b. 1930 – d. 2012

For nearly fifty years, Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012) created subtly evocative paintings and works on paper which appear at once straightforward and cryptic, abstract and figurative. Composed of basic but indefinable shapes and marks, his works often invoke spatial and figural illusions, though they remain elusive of any descriptive narrative. Despite—or precisely because of—their sparse gesturing, De Keyser’s works convey a grandeur that inspires prolonged contemplation. Individually as well as collectively, his works revolve around the activity of painting, but also move beyond its physical means to become more than the sum of their parts. Their apparent simplicity belies a lengthy gestation period, which is guided largely by intuition, rather than by following a pre-existing plan.


Start Date

November 23, 2015

End Date

January 23, 2016


10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ, United Kingdom

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