Tony O’Keefe is an Australian born Kiwi who has been residing in Queenstown for over 25 years.
As an artist philosopher, O'Keefe combines studies in various disciplines to express his artistic identity through sculpture. His work is in private collections in Australia and New Zealand and was recently recognised at the 2016 Queenstown Arts Centre Annual Art Awards, winning the Supreme Award, Best Artwork in Show.
O'Keefe's diverse sculptural works fuse his signature materials of old steel and found objects into beautiful, dramatic and sometimes menacing forms. Through the powerful use of symbols and stark contrast he challenges us to see everyday items, cultural artefacts and our own behaviour in new ways.
In his 2017 PechaKucha presentation entitled 'Now or Never',Tony O'Keefe will be looking at the artist's attitude towards time and how this relationship influences his creative work and his role in society.