Key, Anthony, (b. 1949), artist

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1949 Aug 25 (was birth date of)


Anthony Key is a British-Chinese artist who playfully explores the many and varied ways in which Britain has created, perceived, and continues to perceive historical and contemporary 'Chinese' identities. Key uses humour as an attempt to counteract the stereotype in the sense of deconstructing it.  He represents his identity in his work and encouraging people to question their own prejudices and beliefs, their own position in response to identity. 

He was born in 1949 in South Africa. He gained a BA in Graphic Design at Cape Town University in 1972. He moved to the UK shortly afterwards and recieved his BA in Interior Design from South Bank Polytechnic in 1975. Key worked as interior designer and furniture market from the mid-1970s until he became a full time artist in 1992. 

In 1995 he gain a BA in Fine Art from the West Surrey College of Art and Design and was a lecturer at Wandworth Adult Education and Battersea & Putney School of Art between 1995-1998. He was also a founding member of Cable Street Galley in 1996 and was the Gallery's Installation Curator. In 1997 he gain his MA in Fine Art from Brighton University. From 1996 he lectured at Winchester School of Art, Southhampton University and completed his Phd at the school in 2005. 

This first solo exhibition 'north of Watford gap' was held at the Chinese Art Centre in 1999 entitled 'Sauce'. In October 2007, Key exhibited at the CFCCA in a group exhibition Boutique, where each artist was invited to respond to the aesthetic qualities of their chosen material, familiar objects frequently used in previous pieces of work to makr the Centre's 21st birthday. Using Chinese cuisine to question the notion of identity, Anthony Key focused on a Chinese takeaway carton. Removing the cultural meaning, solely concentrating on the nature and structure of this shiny object, Key turned it into two brand new home accessories.

Key has exhibited nationally and internationally including PM Gallery, London, Stroom Den Haag, Netherlands, The New Art Gallery, Walsall and Tang Contemporary, Beijing.





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