CAMPAIGN DIARY: Keith is a big name in the world of art. What next? Kylie Van Gogh?

Those of you who thought that Keith Courtney, the creative director of Leagas Shafron Davis, spent most of his time encouraging his staff to throw ’bodies’ out of windows or winding-up passing unsuspecting punters with phone japes (thus ensuring regular appearances in the Diary) should get down to the Anthony Reynolds Gallery before Saturday.

Those of you who thought that Keith Courtney, the creative director

of Leagas Shafron Davis, spent most of his time encouraging his staff to

throw ’bodies’ out of windows or winding-up passing unsuspecting punters

with phone japes (thus ensuring regular appearances in the Diary) should

get down to the Anthony Reynolds Gallery before Saturday.



Courtney studied fine art at college and has painted several works,

mostly in the style of Andy Warhol. But he has long had an ambition to

paint a picture of his boxing hero, Muhammad Ali. When he mentioned this

to a German woman who was on work experience at the agency, she

contacted a friend of hers who was working at the gallery.



After taking his folio of work into Anthony Reynolds, Courtney was

invited to submit a picture for a special exhibition which was being

planned for this year.



Unknown to him, his painting was going to be in some pretty high-profile

company. The exhibition is called ’What’s in a name?’ and 23 ’Keiths’

have been invited to submit work.



Courtney’s painting of Ali hangs alongside pictures by Keith Floyd, the

celebrity chef, and Keith Richards, the guitarist with the Rolling

Stones.



Keith Carradine, actor star of the 70s, has sub-mitted a still from his

film, the Moderns, which he obviously views as a work of art.



Who’d have thought that being called Keith was a ticket to glamour and

fame?



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