Born in 1961, Lindsay Keir took an Honours degree in printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art, before going on to take up a place at the Royal College of Art in London to gain her MA. In 1985, Lindsay Keir Born in 1961, Lindsay Keir took an Honours degree in printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art, was awarded an Arts Council Grant and worked for a time as a lecturer in textiles and visual studies at Salisbury College of Art. She has been working as a full-time artist for the last ten years.
Much of her work is inspired by the birds, animals and plants of the British Isles; hares and hens are her particular favourites. The colours and textural details of everyday creatures, such as the dragonfly or bee, stimulate her imagination, leading to the intricate and decorative paintings for which she is best known. Her textiles degree continues to influence her work, especially in her still life paintings. She gives all her work a highly decorative treatment using gold and silver leaf and metallic ink highlights. Her technique is mostly water based and she applies many layers to achieve the effect she desires. Even the deckled edge of hand made paper creates interest, as it provides a kind of roughness that complements the texture and layers of her paintings. Lindsay strives to capture the beauty of everyday things in her delightful and skilful paintings, removing them from the mundane world, and elevating them to an almost iconographic level.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the country. She lives and works in Salisbury.