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Jim Keays, Music portrait, Ros O'Gorman

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Jim Keays Art Work To Go On Display

by Paul Cashmere on June 1, 2016

in News

The art work of Masters Apprentices frontman, the late Jim Keays, will go on display in Melbourne.

In July 2007, Keays was diagnosed with myeloma and died in 2014 aged 67.

His wife Karin said, “Jim Keays was a true artist in every sense of the word. A wordsmith, he was best known for crafting lyrics to music, creating songs that became timeless hits – songs that move the spirit of all who hear them. Such a gift would be more than enough for one lifetime but there was more than meets the eye to the man who was my husband and life-partner for over 25 years. Jim was also blessed with an innate talent for drawing and painting delicate watercolours. Two years and one month after his passing, it is my privilege and pleasure to invite you to enjoy Jim’s first ever art exhibition, The Secret Life of Rock Legend Jim Keays”.

Karin added, “When Jim and I first met in 1988, he lived in a big, pink house in high ‘80s style in the Eastern suburbs. We called it the House of Love. Perched on a wall in the family room was a watercolour painting, a period scene, unmistakably Scottish in a small battered frame. It was completely lost amongst the excesses of ‘80s design and flamboyant music memorabilia.

“Still, something about it drew my eye; a delicate, almost whimsical quality that would often have me pausing to look into it. One day, I asked Jim how old it was, thinking it had come from Scotland with the Keays family. His answer was not what I expected, “I did it when I was 10 or 11.”

These works will be displayed for the first time at the Hawthorn Studio and Gallery from July 4 – August 6, 2016.

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