Keith Rand RSA 1956 – 2013

Annette Ratuszniak writes:

Keith Rand was almost unique among those contemporary sculptors who work with wood. Most rely upon the bulk strength of timber; Keith worked with its tensile qualities. This requires the wood to be pared back to the thinnest of elements in order to become resilient and regain the ability to flex once more – returning to the natural state of the original tree.  

When you look at a Rand sculpture you have to take yourself to a quieter place and to tune your senses into the visual subtleties of surface marks, elegant lines, hidden spaces, pairings and interlocking forms. These are what he saw in the landscapes, plants, animal and human forms that he loved. His consummate skill enabled him to create sculptures of great beauty that expressed his hopes for harmony and his delight in the small details of the natural world. He also saw the world as fragile and at risk; many of his landscape works and hospital commissions were created to help people to slow down and to connect with their feelings of wellbeing. Take time to gaze upon the sculptures: look for the different marks left by the hand tools he used; observe the shapes that may remind you of a particular landscape, a plant, an animal grazing in a field, someone you know or remember; follow the ridge lines that rise and dip across a broad surface and those at the edges, at times rubbed smooth by his hand; peer into the shadowed spaces captured within two interlocking forms.  

Keith Rand’s contribution to contemporary sculpture was acknowledged when he was made a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2005 and through the many works that have been acquired and commissioned for public collections and places, along with those in private collections.