I am Jeff Keyes and have been working with forest wood since 1989 on the East Coast of New South Wales, setting up a sustainable small business in the process. I work freehand with found wood, letting the nature of each piece dictate the finished product. The art is in wood selection and the fluid manner in which it is combined into beautiful and utilitarian furniture. Quality control is achieved by concentrated collecting of sticks and larger branches. I exhibit furniture regularly in Art Galleries and do commission works on a small scale.
Exhibitions and Shows
Solo Exhibition, Bloomfield Gallery, Paddington. 1990
Gardenesque, Vaucluse House, Vaucluse. 1992
Berry Garden Show, Berry. 1991-92
Oxley College Fine Arts Exhibition, Bowral. 2002-2003
Field Works for Living Spaces, B.D.A.S. Bowral. 2002-2003
Cooma Cottage, Yass. 2003
Wool, Silk and Wood, St Albans Gallery. 2003
Durag and Friends, St Albans Gallery. 2003
Ways with Wood, St Albans Gallery. 2005
Myth (and legend) Mindirr Gallery 11, Mittagong. 2006-2008
Southern Highlands Arts Studio Trail, Burradoo. 2006-2007
Nattai Stories of a Forest, B.D.A.S. Bowral. 2008
Green Heart Gallery, Robertson. 2008-2013
Eltham Village Gallery, Eltham. 2010-2012
Lower Clarence Open Art Exhibition, Maclean. 2009-2012
Festival of Nature, Dilkoon. 2011-2012
Earth, Timber and Fire. kingstudio Maclean 2013
kingstudio Maclean 2014-15.
Iluka Emporium 2014-15.
The Rustic Kitchen Exhibition. Iluka Emporium 2015.
Sticks no Stones Exhibition. Northern Rivers Community Gallery 2017.
Featured Articles and Reviews
Mode Maison. Editorial- Branching Out.
The Bulletin. Visual Arts review.
The Land Magazine, Turning bush timber into a living.
Inside Out magazine, Wabi Sabi.
Highlife. Editorial- Once Upon a Time.
The Kodama Ironbark Project. A journey into sustainability using the Japanese design philosophy of Wabi-sabi by Australian bush furniture maker Jeff Keyes. AVAILABLE ONLINE BLURB BOOKS
Contemporary Australian Hardwood Stick DESIGN The Rustic Furniture Maker AVAILABLE ONLINE BLURB BOOKS
1st. Prize Woodwork. Lower Clarence 44th Annual Open Competitive Art Exhibition 2009.
Viewers Choice Award. Lower Clarence 46th Annual Open Competitive Art Exhibition 2011.
1st. Prize “Open Craft” Lower Clarence 47th Annual Competitive Art Exhibition 2012.
Living Sustainably Award winner “Individual” category. Clarence Valley Council 2012.