The Acquisition

The year was 2002 when Michael Hill met with artist Peter Keil and acquired a massive collection of art. Never seen by public eyes until now, we are excited to invite you to join us July 15th 2020. This sale will only feature art by Peter Kiel.

About the Artist:

Peter Robert Keil (born August 6, 1942) from Zullichau, Brandenburg, is a German painter and sculptor. In the beginnings of his artistic career, Peter Keil’s style was influenced by German expressionism. In the works from his early Berlin years, he mainly focused on typical big city settings and characters on the fringes of society. However, his style changed visibly at the beginning of the 60’s when he lived in Paris for a while and emerged in the city’s nightlife. Keil increasingly parted with his realistic approach and developed a new, much more spontaneous and dynamic painting style which he developed further during his years in London and finally during his time as one of the “Berliner Neue Wilden” at the beginning of the 80’s. Since then, the use of intensive to lurid colors and the absence of realistic representation have become characteristic of his painting style. In his paintings, the color is applied with quick brushstrokes and occasionally with impasto techniques and the images are additionally abstracted by the use of Graffiti elements. Keil prefers to paint human figures, portraits, big city scenes, landscapes and still life images of flowers. His emotional way of painting is mainly driven by a desire for freedom from social constraints and conventions. In the past 50 years, he has created numerous large- and small scale paintings in oil and mixed media on canvas but also some sculptures in wood and steel and a great number of majolicas.

Feature Exhibitions:

  • 1962: First solo exhibition at the Art Gallery, London
  • 1964: Galerie Rotebro, Sweden
  • 1965: Great Berlin Art Exhibition
  • 1966: Great Berlin Art Exhibition
  • 1980: Dr. Friedmann Gallery, Israel
  • 1985: Wewerka Gallery, Berlin
  • 1986–1990: Free Art Exhibition, Berlin, Exhibition Hall, Berlin
  • 1993: Carousel Gallery, Dania, Florida, USA
  • 1998: Aventura Art Gallery, Aventura, Florida, USA
  • 1999: Höckner Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2000: Exhibitions Paris, Amsterdam, London
  • 2001–2005: Intercontinental Hotel Berlin
  • 2002: International Art Fair, Frankfurt
  • 2003: The Sixties Peter Robert Keil, Kunstsinn Gallery, Nuremberg
  • 2005: Boxsler Gallery, Lichtenfels
  • 2006: Public Library, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • 2007: Villa Meixner, collection of the KulturForum Europa, Brühl/Baden
  • 2007: Kessler Corporation, Orlando Florida, Savannah, Georgia, USA
  • 2008: The Hurn Museum, Savannah, USA
  • 2010: Keil-Collection Heidelberg, Long Night of the Museums, Heidelberg
  • 2010: Edna Hibel Fine Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2011: Keil-Collection Heidelberg, Long Night of the Museums, Heidelberg
  • 2012: Retrospective “Leben im Farbrausch” (A Life in Colours), Castle Schwetzingen, Orangery
  • 2012: “Teufelswerk” (Devil’s Work), State Majolica Manufacture Karlsruhe
  • 2013: Aufbruch – Jüngste Werke aus der Heidelberger Phase (A new era – Most recent works from the Heidelberg phase), Alte Feuerwache Heidelberg
  • 2014: Recent works, Berlin, Temporäre Galerie Potsdamer Straße
  • 2014: New Keil works, Keil Collection Heidelberg, Heidelberg
  • 2014 / 2015: Peter Robert Keil in the Heidelberg city hall, City Hall Heidelberg