Paul Keir has degrees from the University of Aberdeen and Edinburgh College of Art, where he also obtained his MFA. He taught at Edinburgh College of Art for many years and has been awarded a number of grants from the Scottish Arts Council and other bodies. He has undertaken residencies in Switzerland, the UK and the USA, and has exhibited widely, in the UK and further afield. In 2015 his work was shown in ABJAD at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh and in Curved Stream at Traquair House in the Borders. Paul makes walldrawings, paintings, objects, floorworks, and drawings: much of his work is centred on tensions between improvised and formal elements, and is characterised by a spareness and frankness of means.