Hong Kong-based British Watercolour Painter
Born in Hong Kong and coming from a family of artists and musicians, Roz Keep has been associated with the arts all her life. Her passion for landscape painting and travelling was ignited in her mid-twenties, when she accompanied renowned author and photographer Ed Stokes on a three-month photography and painting trip along the Australian south coast.
Roz’s subjects are mostly drawn from nature, as well as projects that inspire change, and the watercolours she offers at the Affordable Art Fair were created on a two-month painting trip in Thailand this spring. Some of the works on view were painted during her stay at the home of Maggi, who, at 65 years of age, hand-built an ecologically friendly guesthouse. Other paintings feature elephants enjoying the safe haven of a sanctuary in Chiang Rai after a life of hard work and often abuse.
Over the past twenty years Roz has been mainly based in Hong Kong, but has also travelled widely and spent extended periods in South and Central America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. While in Hong Kong, she has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including:
- ‘Stone Paper Scissors’, Banyan Bay, Lamma Island
- n exhibition in aid of Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation (EARS Asia), Club Lusitano, Central
- ‘Watercolours at the Island Gallery Cafe in aid of the Children’s Project in Tibet, Lamma Island
- ‘Watercolours at The Banyan Bay’, Banyan Bay, Lamma Island
- ‘Landscapes of Discovery’, Sheung Wan Civic Centre as part of the Hong Kong Fringe Festival
Roz attended art colleges in the UK, Mexico and Thailand, and studied with the painter Fu Man Yat in Hong Kong. She has taught extensively in Hong Kong, working with both children and adults, and in 2009 set up ‘Island Arts’ to teach children in her local community. She currently teaches plein air painting to individuals, families and groups.
Her work is in private collections around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the UK, Thailand, Dubai, and the USA.