Where it all happens….
The Keith Drury Art Studio is set within 60 acres of ancient parkland in an unusual listed building within a fully enclosed Victorian walled garden. Known as ‘The Potting Shed Gallery’ the studios form part of the old Tobar Mhuire Estate in Crossgar, County Down. Famously, the surrounding woodlands on this idyllic estate have been used by HBO for filming scenes for their successful ‘Game of Thrones’ fantasy drama series, as well as using adjacent buildings as a makeup studio for their cast. Open to the public, directions and a map can be found on the 'Contact' page should you wish to visit. The studios showcase the full range of artworks and all of these can purchased directly in a dedicated gallery area.
All of the 3D art is created at The Potting Shed but Keith’s oil paintings are painted at his home studio in Belfast. The Potting Shed Studio is a busy and happy little hub housing four full-time staff members: Keith on his drawing board, Matthew writing VR programmes, James in the printing, framing and dispatch bay and Deborah at her desk managing the company. Deborah also oversees our Virtual Reality company, ‘VRoomstick’, where she takes the lead, as a researcher and educationalist. On any one day, all of the boundaries blur with everyone helping each other, except no-one is willing to do the VAT returns for Deborah. You can read more about our VR projects by visiting https://www.vroomstick.com/
How it all started…
Keith cannot remember a time when he did not draw or make 'stuff', but his introduction into the more serious art world began when the owner of a prestigious gallery took him under his wing lending him works of international artists to take home and copy. On return, the gallery owner would assess Keith's style and then test him with something completely different. Now Keith after years of trying new things and mediums, he has developed his own unique style which is unquestionably quirky and contemporary in its interpretation of the urban landscape. Months of exacting work go into each picture and so the urbanscapes often yield surprises to those who are eagle-eyed, or who use magnifying glasses! Each print is a top quality Giclée print on acid free paper - each one printed at the studio itself and not outsourced.
Over the years, Keith’s ‘When I Dream’ art series has become one of the top-selling range of artworks for many of the UK’s largest city galleries. Commercially his work has found its way into every world continent, appeared in advertising campaigns, jigsaws and luxury chocolate tins. Although used by the rich and famous, the artworks are created simply to be enjoyed and to be a talking point on anyone's wall. Perhaps we could summarise his own view of his work by amending Oscar Wilde’s famous expression, ‘Art is too important to be taken seriously!’ Despite being approached by a number of the UK's largest art publishers, he has resolved to remain completely independent, although he has partnered with several art publishers where his independence has not been compromised.
You can read more information about Keith at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Drury_(artist) or just ask Alexa. (PS. Make sure you say Keith Drury ‘Artist’ as, strangely enough, there is more than one Keith Drury in the world).
By royal appointment…
Keith Drury Art was honoured to have had the opportunity to present a limited edition London Way artwork to HRH Princess Anne in London. The presentation was made personally in a private meeting at Buckingham Palace with Dr Kennedy Hongo, a high-ranking Kenyan government official, who has worked on humanitarian projects supported by HRH as part of her charitable efforts in Africa. The Princess Royal was excited and intrigued by the London scene and afterwards Keith received a personal letter from her Private Secretary, Captain Nick Wright, sending HRH’s gratitude and best wishes for the future. Personally we suspect she may only have liked it because her mum's house was featured in the artwork.
How we make the art…
This is a very common question. Whilst we are tempted to say 'by magic', or because 'the Fairies made us do it' in reality every picture is created by a lot of painstaking hours spent making little models in intricate detail. Everything you see in each picture is a model, even the clouds are transparent models which are carefully sculpted. The only exception are the stars - we tried modelling them but weren't happy with the result. That said, in some pictures the moon is a model. The little video below demonstrates making a model to help you to understand the process. In this picture we are roughing out a section of a model which will appear in one of the artworks. You will see from the video that the process is a completely free hand creative process, with every shape completely dependant on how the artist desires to shape the object.