Born in 1940 in Sydney Australia, Keith Looby, is an Australian postwar and contemporary painter who won the Archibald Prize in 1984 with a portrait of Max Gillies. He won the Sulman Prize in 1974 with a genre painting – Still Life and Comfy II. Looby was Canberra Artist of the Year in 1992. He was married to Helen Beresford, sister of Australian Director, Bruce Beresford.
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Born in Sydney New South Wales 1940
Lives Sydney NSW
Keith Looby attended the National Art School, Sydney between 1955 and 1959. In 1960 he sailed for Naples, Italy and over the next seven years travelled throughout the Continent and the United Kingdom visiting galleries and museums while continuing to paint. Throughout the mid-1960s Looby travelled between London and Italy and in 1964 held his first solo exhibition at the Carpini Gallery, Rome. A year later he held a second exhibition in Italy – with Viotto Gallery in Turin.
At the suggestion and with the assistance of Jeffrey Smart, Looby returned to Australia in 1967 to show with Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. Since then he has exhibited widely throughout the country including:
- Argus Gallery, Melbourne (1968)
- The Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane (1969, 1971)
- Von Bertouch, Newcastle (1970, 1975, 2002)
- Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (1970, 1974) and Canberra (1975)
- Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne (1970)
- John Gild Gallery, Perth (1972)
- Abraxis Gallery, Canberra (1976)
- Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (1983, 1984)
- Praxis Art Gallery, Perth (1986)
- Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane (1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987) and Sydney (1986, 1988, 1989, 1992,1996,1998)
- The Australia Centre, Manila, Philippines (1995)
- Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne (2001)
- Bond University Art Gallery, Queensland (2003)
- Hardware Gallery, Sydney (2002, 2006)
- Heiser Gallery, Brisbane (2005, 2008)
- Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney (2010)
- With Martin Sharp and Bruce Petty, Solander Gallery, Canberra (2012).