|DATES:||British b. 1935|
|TITLE:||Milking Time, Caston, Norfolk, 1975|
|MEDIUM:||Watercolour on watercolour board|
|SIZE:||29 x 39.5 cm|
|REMARKS:||Signed lower left|
British b. 1935
Keith Money was born in New Zealand in 1935, of English parents. The major part of his working life has been spent in Britain, although he has travelled extensively in the course of his career, which is that of a tri-part polymath who has had marked success in three totally different disciplines: painting, writing, and photography.
Money received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, before setting off for his family’s home base, England. His paintings were first exhibited in London's West End at the Leicester Galleries, hanging amongst stellar company in mixed shows.
While still in New Zealand, Money had contributed some bloodstock articles to The British Racehorse magazine and he later contributed articles and illustrations to several equestrian publications, including Stud & Stable and The Field. He also worked for The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, and Tatler magazine, as an artist, writer, and a photo essayist.
In 1961, Money held his first solo exhibition at the Rutland Gallery in Knightsbridge, with a collection of paintings of predominantly equine subjects. He subsequently held a series of solo watercolour shows at Fortescue Swann on an annual basis. During this time, Money was also included in several prominent exhibitions at The Royal Institute, Wildenstein and Spink. The 1978 Spink exhibition, Three Centuries of British Watercolour, included three paintings by Money, which were the only watercolours by a living practitioner. An extensive tour of East Africa, firstly in 1978, prompted a widely acclaimed Nairobi exhibition depicting Kenyan views. As well as exhibiting throughout London, Money also held shows in New York and Virginia, and over the years there have been a number of exhibitions in the English provinces.
In 1977, the prestigious American magazine Thoroughbred Record published a nine-page article on Money and his equestrian paintings, with a picture of Brigadier Gerard reproduced on the cover. Money’s oil pictures of Secretariat, Allez France and Dahlia were amongst those illustrated with the article.
Money’s London exhibitions have contained paintings from numerous countries and range through Venice, Corfu, the Algarve and Lake Lucerne, as well as Ontario, Arizona, and both seaboards of America. A Retrospective Exhibition was held in London at Oscar & Peter Johnson, in 1982.
The work of this artist has been in the collections of Her Majesty the Queen, Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, HRH The Prince of Wales, the late Bernard, Duke of Norfolk, the late Mr Paul Mellon, and Miss Elizabeth Taylor.
Amongst Money’s book titles are four on Margot Fonteyn; a biography of Anna Pavlova, which was described as “definitive” and “a triumph” when it was published in 1982; a biography on the World Champion ice-skater John Curry and general books on the Royal Ballet and old-fashioned roses. In his earlier years, Money published several equestrian-themed books. In that period he was also doing line illustrations for a variety of children’s volumes, including junior fiction by his friend Pat Smythe, the renowned British horsewoman. He also directed a documentary film about Fonteyn, which screened in Britain to celebrate the great ballerina’s 50th birthday; and he himself has appeared in various documentaries by others.
Money originally painted the majority of his artworks in watercolour but he later came to use a range of mediums including acrylic, oil, gouache and charcoal. Money has been praised for a technique that boasts intuitive control, with an oriental delicacy and restraint of the brush. His drawings demonstrate an outstanding natural draftsmanship, which was commented on by Dame Laura Knight, when the young artist was first in London. She was fascinated by his skill, and inscribed drawings of her own to Money, “with love and admiration.”
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