Piece description from the artist
Inspired by the magic found in the simple moment, my aerial portrait series was inspired by views from my hotel balcony in some of my favorite cities. My work reflects the pursuit of the next stage of evolution in contemporary figure painting. In “Red Umbrella Moving in Paris Rain”, the movement of an umbrella in the Paris rain as viewed from overhead, is rendered in my signature Pixel Impressionist brush strokes. At first glance, this painting is a realist depiction of a moving subject; upon close inspection, it is a very expressive, Impressionistic painting. My work can be categorized with works by Chuck Close and David Kapp. I hope you enjoy this urban portrait. Made from archival materials on 1.5" heavy duty, museum-wrap stretched canvas with finished edges and wired on the back, this piece is ready to hang on your wall, or frame to suit taste.
Born in New Orleans in 1965, Keating won several regional awards in oil and watercolor painting and received more than a half-dozen commissions before reaching the age of 18. His work now reflects the culmination of 25 years of painting both the figure and the landscape. Before graduating from Otis Parsons, he was chosen to display his work at the Mississippi Artists Annual Juried Exhibition. His first solo show was at the Desmond Gallery in Los Angeles in 1995.
Keating’s latest works in the Overview series, are the result of collecting photographs and video of unwitting subjects from balconies in France, digitizing them on a computer and painting them on canvas. Expressionistic mark-making depicts walking subjects, stop-action, mid-step in thick paint that renders motion in the form of video scan lines and pixel artifacts. Keating has painstakingly selected the exact frame, from hundreds, that tell us the story of each character, and rendered the digital nature of each image in a painterly style depicting a privileged view of a private moment.
Keating is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
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