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Keith Drury

Keith Drury Studied at the University of Belfast and spent 19 years in the Ministry

Irish Artist Keith Drury was born in the Newtownbreda area of Belfast.

A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast with Honours degree in Accountancy and Business, Drury worked in the private sector and in the National Health Service before returning to his alma mater to complete a degree in Theology, allowing him to become an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

During this period, Drury was the Minister of May Street Church Belfast.

Keith Drury became a professional artist in 2009

After 19 years in the ministry, he resigned to become a professional artist in 2009. During this time, Drury combined art with graphic design and book publishing before his 3D modelling style became successful and he was able to work full-time as an artist.

Keith Drury’s early works were mainly oil on canvas and some featured controversial subjects, or included political and religious satire, often gaining much criticism. One portrait depicted Rev Dr Ian Paisley (DUP) wearing an Irish Tricolour tie, alongside his opposite number, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, in a Union Flag tie (an image seen as offensive by some of both political allegiances).

Drury’s Cityscapes can take up to 3 months to create

After the controversy, Drury moved away from oil on canvas and created a new style of artworks using 3D modelling. He used this technique to produce urban landscapes and cityscapes, featuring well-known local landmarks combined with elements of humour and political satire. Each picture can take up to three months to complete due to the complex modelling process and the high levels of detail included. Most of the scenes include a red telephone box, a red postbox and a clock which tells the same time. Drury deliberates for hours on inconsequential details such as a perforated brake disc on a Harley-Davison motorbike. Many British and international towns and cities are featured in the artworks.

Keith Drury has created notable commissions of and for Royalty, Presidents, Celebrities, Television and The National Trust

Drury presented an oil painting to Mary McAleese (then President of Ireland) in 2005 at a private dinner at her official state residence Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin.

In 2007, Keith Drury was commissioned by Irish author and film/documentary-maker, Don Mullan, to paint a portrait of Brazilian footballer Pelé. Drury personally presented the completed oil painting to Pelé at a Pelé Pequeno Principe Research Institute event he was hosting in Dublin.

Drury was commissioned to create a portrait of the newly inaugurated 44th US president Barack Obama in 2009. It was presented to The President’s Club Charitable Trust in Belfast on the day of the US presidential inauguration.

The National Trust commissioned Keith Drury to create an artwork to promote and celebrate a Van Morrison music festival at the Castle Ward Estate in 2013. The artwork, Holywood Boulevard appeared in the BBC drama ‘The Fall’. Drury’s prints have also featured as part of a backdrop in a scene in the BBC crime series ‘Line of Duty’ in 2019. In 2021, his ‘Rainfall Series’, oil on canvas artworks depicting iconic Belfast buildings, featured in the ITV production ‘Marcella’ with Anna Friel. In 2016, the limited edition print ‘London Way’ was presented to HRH Princess Anne at a reception in Buckingham Palace.

One of Ireland’s Bestselling Artists

Today, Keith Drury is based in Belfast and he is considered and proven to be one of the island of Ireland’s bestselling artists, including collectors globally.

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