Keith ARNATT (1930 - 2008)

Conceptual artist Keith Arnatt studied philosophy at Oxford and sculpture at the Royal Academy schools of art. Though initially interested in sculpture, Arnatt began experimenting with photography and video towards the mid 60s and soon after was actively engaged in the new Land Art.


His most famous work, Self-Burial -TV Interference Project, aired on a public television network in Germany in 1969. For one week, regular programming was interrupted every day for a subliminal, yet detectable, two seconds to show a single photograph of Arnatt burying himself into the earth. Each successive frame shows the artist submerging further into the ground, so that when presented in sequence it looked as if the earth had swallowed him up.


Keith Arnatt's reputation as a both a conceptual artist and one of the pioneers of photography-as-art continues to grow and ratifies his position as an important British artist of the post-war era.   

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