New exhibition celebrating Tasmanian artist David Keeling

This summer, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is proud to present a major survey exhibition celebrating the impressive achievements of Tasmanian artist, David Keeling.

David Keeling: Stranger features more than 70 artworks by the Launceston-born artist, dating from the 1980s until today. Many of these works are from private collections and are being exhibited at TMAG for the very first time.

Mr Keeling has devoted nearly 40 years to painting Tasmania’s landscapes and narratives. He has also been influenced by international art movements, particularly surrealism and symbolism, to create a truly unique body of artworks across his career.

A regular visitor to TMAG, Mr Keeling has drawn from many of its iconic collection items, including colonial paintings by John Glover and William Buelow Gould, taxidermied animals, Governor Arthur’s Proclamation Board and Fanny Cochrane Smith’s recorded song.

Distinctive Tasmanian scenes are prevalent throughout his artwork, aligning the exhibition with TMAG’s goal to ‘tell Tasmanian stories.’

The exhibition is part of TMAG’s series recognising Tasmanian artists including Julie Gough: Tense Past (2019), Things I once knew: the art of Patrick Hall (2015), and Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen (2013).

The exhibition is supported by Presenting Partner the TMAG Foundation Limited, as well as five TMAG Foundation Seascape Partners. The TMAG Foundation has also generously supported the acquisition of one of the artist’s most recent works, Sweet Honeymoon Bay for the State Collection.

Our Government worked closely with TMAG during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided an additional $3.8 million in stimulus funding to fast-track important maintenance works throughout the museum whilst the it was closed to the public due to COVID-19.

The re-opening of TMAG in late June has been a major step towards the resumption of public life as we look to bring our communities back together as part of our COVID-19 recovery.

David Keeling: Stranger is on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 20 November 2020 until 14 February 2021. An exhibition catalogue is available from the Museum Shop and during the opening weekend. TMAG will also present an In conversation with David Keeling event on Saturday, 21 November at 11:00 am. For more information, visit

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts