David Mervyn Keeling (b 1951) artist, has won recognition for his landscapes, which have become a powerful voice in the development versus conservation debate, especially within the Tasmanian context. Keeling acknowledges a debt to early twentieth-century Italian metaphysical painters. Graduating in a climate of High Abstraction, Keeling persisted with figurative imagery and a serious conceptual purpose. His development as a significant post-modern painter has been marked by: prestigious prizes; three European studio residences in London, Rome and Verdaccio; national and international exhibitions; and wide representation in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia. Keeling has served as Chairman of Artbank, Sydney and as board member of Arts Tasmania. Painting and teaching in Hobart, Keeling has maintained the high degree of art scholarship that underpins his practice.