Keith Khan was born in London, of Trinidadian Indian heritage.
Keith’s works stem from Notting Hill Carnival, where he worked throughout the 1980s. His costumes and floats are finely crafted with plumes and sequins set on large-scale structures, referencing Caribbean folklore and black history. This hybrid mixture, elements from Indian, African and Native Caribbean cultures, creates his visual language. This approach, alongside a strong use of colour, music and people have shaped his extensive career
Keith set up a company, called Moti Roti, and worked independently as a creative director and lead artist on numerous commissions, such as The Queen´s commonwealth Jubilee celebration. His career spans detailed design through to digital strategies. Keith’s first show, in 1987, won a “Time Out Dance and Performance award¨ and since then he continued innovating with communities, and form. He has won an ¨Obie”, for a show made in New York, (¨Alladeen¨, a collaboration with The Builder´s Association) and was the Head of Culture for the London Olympic Games. Keith’s latest works revert to his background, explored via digital means, drawings and prints. His archive, of drawings, documents and objects were acquired by London´s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014.
“Peter Finer has an incredible collection, both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The galleries objects speak of a past long gone, of myths and magic, and violence and fear. His collection inspired me to create a personal “bestiary” of monsters and demons rooted in my Caribbean and Indian heritage and spawned from our collective subconscious. These creatures emerge from an imagined past, but are produced in our technological present through a blend of digital and hand-drawn images.”
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Peter Finer is a family business that specialises in Antique Arms and Armour from cultures worldwide, which has been established for over 50 years.