Last summer

Julie, 2014
Color Print on Arches Watercolor Rough 640g
Sheet 153 x 102.8 cm (60.24 x 40.47 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 117.3 x 78.3 cm (46.2 x 30.8 in)
Edition of 8 plus 3 artist's proofs

A peach, a plum and a strawberry, 2019
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 35 x 28.6 cm (13.78 x 11.26 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Wave under a Full Moon, 2015
Imbue Print
Sheet 225 x 150 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs

Cherry, 2019
Imbue Print
Sheet 51 x 40.2 cm (20.08 x 15.83 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Empire State Building II, 2018
Imbue Print
Sheet 162.6 x 111.8 cm (64.02 x 44.02 in)

Fender II, 2017
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 164 x 126 cm (64.6 x 49.6 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs

Hay Bales, 2019
Imbue Print
Sheet 50 x 36 cm (19.69 x 14.17 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Desk Phone, 2017
C-Print
Sheet 50 x 36 cm (19.69 x 14.17 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Nippon Tree, 2017
C-Print
Sheet 71 x 55 (27.95 x 21.65 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Vacuum Hose, 2019
C-Print
Sheet 162.6 x 111.8 cm (64.02 x 44.02 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs

Light Switch, 2018
C-Print
Sheet 71 x 55 cm (21.95 x 21.65 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Sunchairs at Night, 2018
C-Print
Sheet 28.6 x 35 cm
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Osaka Umbrella, 2017
C-Print
Sheet 50 x 36 cm (19.7 x 14.2 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Wire Tree, 2017
C-Print
Sheet 50 x 38 cm (19.7 x 15 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Business Center, 2017
C-Print
Sheet 71 x 55 cm (27.9 x 21.6 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Night Cloud, 2019
Imbue Print
Sheet 162.6 x 111.8 cm (64.02 x 44.02 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 116.2 x 80 cm (45.75 x 31.5 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Palm Leaves II, 2019
Imbue Print
Sheet 162.6 x 111.8 (64.02 x 44.02 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 116.2 x 80 cm (45.75 x 31.5 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Palm and a Palm Leaf, 2019
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 71 x 56 cm (27.9 x 22 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 102.4 x 80 cm (40.3 x 31.5 in)
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs

Palms in a Pool, 2017
Imbue Print
Sheet 219.3 x 151 cm (86.3 x 59.4 in)
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 117.3 x 82.43 cm (46.2 x 32.4 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Peonies, a turquoise vase and a blue chair, 2010
Imbue Print
Sheet 71 x 51 cm (27.95 x 20.08 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs

Pine Trees, 2018
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 50 x 63.3 cm (19.7 x 25 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Pink Cloud, 2018
Imbue Print
Sheet 162.6 x 111.8 cm (64 x 44 in)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 116.2 x 80 cm (45.75 x 31.5 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Ray-Ban Series, Four, 2006
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 40.2 x 51 cm
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Sea, 2017
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 219.3 x 151 cm (86.3 x 59.45 in)
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs
Sheet 116.2 x 80 cm (45.75 x 31.5 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Still Life, 2010
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 35 x 28.6 cm (13.8 x 11.3 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Tarifa, 2018
Imbue Print
Sheet 50 x 36 cm (19.7 x 14.2 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Via Appia, 2018
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 50 x 63.3 cm (19.7 x 24.9 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Wynn, 2017
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 35 x 28.6 cm
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs

Seville, 2018
Imbue Print on barite paper
Sheet 35 x 25.6 (13.8 x 10 in)
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs


«The most glorious summers are often also the most painful. Because we rarely feel more alive. And at their end, we are all the more reminded that everything will have to pass by eventually. If you look at Philipp Keel's new works for 'Last Summer', you notice the absence of people--aside from a single nude. Instead, there are predominantly images of palm trees, pools, drinks, in addition to still lifes, that initially seem cool and summery, as well as interspersed snapshots and playful poetry glanced from the tail of his eye. All the images are united by the artist's attention to special details and moods, but closer inspection reveals the melancholy that permeates many of the works. Often the moment has already passed or can only be seen blurred at the edges of consciousness. What remains is a feeling of transience, perhaps even a touch of loneliness.


One of the great strengths of these works is that the images remain subtle and reserved. The viewer can find in them what s/he wants to find. Sometimes the melancholy is light-hearted and only like a gentle, not unpleasant tug at a taut chord deep inside us. But sometimes there's more to it than meets the eye. 'Last Summer' leads us to a threshold. The evening has dawned, one stands alone on the porch with a drink and looks out, notices the laughter of friends in the background, sees the last daylight fading. The memory serves us sometimes flickering, sometimes clear images of a day that passed far too quickly. Maybe one becomes momentarily wistful, but perhaps one might simply turn around and return to the others.»

Benedict Wells, July 2019