Keith Haynes Biography

Born in London in 1963, Keith Haynes’ work is a playful & often-nostalgic exploration of popular culture, and in particular, popular music culture from his past to the present day. Keith’s work is noteworthy for his interesting choice of materials, creating works from the ‘clutter’ of pop culture – button badges, CD’s or, more uniquely, vinyl records. Whether it’s a graphically iconic portrait or a meaningful song lyric, each piece is created from original vinyl records chosen to enhance the subject matter; in these works the Subject and the Object are of equal importance.

Keith Haynes 1983

Keith Haynes admiring some new additions to his vinyl collection in 1983

“My introduction to art was through the graphic design of people like Jamie Reid & Ray Lowry which I collected on record sleeves, t-shirts and badges. These were the people that inspired me to go to art school”. Keith Haynes  

On leaving Harrow Art School, Keith worked as a designer & director at the BBC where his work featured in some of the most influential music & arts programmes of the past 20 years & his video work was in an exhibition of experimental & avant-garde television designs held at the ICA.

His current work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and overseas & can be found in private collections in the UK, Europe, America, Hong Kong, Singapore & Australia.

In a 1981 interview with The Face magazine Barney Bubbles (the artist behind Ian Dury & Stiff Records) said, “All it is is rock & roll and it’s no big shakes. But at the same time I think commercial design is the highest art form”. That confirmed to me what I already knew: 

It’s only Rock & Roll…
…It’s only graphic design…
…it’s my idea of Art.

“So with a bedroom wall & my head full of Barney, Linder, Jamie Reid, Phillip Saville & Ray Lowry I took myself off to art school with thoughts of following in their shadow. 30 years on, in a digital world where music is losing touch with the visceral & visual, my work explores this populist art form – album sleeves, record labels, badges and, of course, beautiful, black vinyl – not only as its subject but also as its raw material.” – Keith Haynes

Keith’s success stems from the connection he achieves with the viewer, he evokes an emotional and nostalgic feeling – clients at The Drang Gallery are often found reminiscing around Keith’s display! Music is hugely influential within our culture and Keith’s mixed media artworks allow us to tap into that same response through artwork we can display on our wall.

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