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
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