Oil on Board
1648 x 1240mm
Born in Auckland, the artist attended the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland graduating in 1966. In 1967 he began work as a part time sign writer and first exhibited at The Group Show, Christchurch. His work was included in the New Zealand Art of the Sixties exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In 1975 he won the Tokoroa Art Award and travelled to Sydney and Melbourne and in 1976 the Benson & Hedges Art Award. A QEII Arts Council travel grant enabled him to travel to Europe and the USA. In 1981 he began working as a full-time artist and in 1982 his work was included in the Sydney Biennale.
In 1984 he travelled to the Edinburgh Festival spending time in Italy, Morocco, New York and Brisbane. Killeen is well known outside New Zealand, having had shows in New York, Sydney, Chicago, Paris and in Spain. Killeen was one of the New Image painters of the 1980s included in the show of that name curated by Francis Pound. Known today as post-modernists, these painters reintroduced images into their work as a reaction against the abstract or expressionistic modernism of the previous generation of painters.