Medium: Mixed Media
Booth #: LS29C
For the past 30 years, Keith Grace has exhibited in galleries, museums and universities in one-man and group shows including:
• VIDA Museum, Borgholm, Sweden
• Rockford Art Museum
• Asheville Art Museum, NC
• MIVA Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
• Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
• Evan Lurie Gallery, Indianapolis
• Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
• Maple Avenue Gallery, Evanston, IL
• Millea Gallery, St. Louis, MO
• Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
• Aurora University
• Rock Valley College
• Thompson Illinois Center in Chicago
• Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA
• Bulthaup Gallery, Chicago
His work is featured in 4 books – America Collects,Studio Visit, Best of Oil Painting and PortraitInspirations.
He has been in over 150 art festivals across the country. His paintings have appeared in magazines including Psychology Today, Advertising Age
International, SPY and Health Leader - as well as newspapers, books, posters, annual reports, brochures, websites, restaurants, and stage sets.
He has won numerous awards and his paintings are included in many corporate and private collections worldwide.
Each painting begins with sketches, often inspired by photographs that I have taken of friends, animals and objects. These sketches evolve into the final composition which is enlarged and drawn onto canvas. I then collage hundreds of individual, hand-torn pieces of custom created typography and maps, securely onto the surface with many layers of an adhesive, transparent medium. This ensures a flat, seamless application. Next, I block in color with layers of acrylics. Detail painting is applied with oil colors, using a dry brush technique. This body of work revisits my days as a newspaper and book designer/illustrator. I've maintained the graphic quality of my earlier paintings but added the detailed collage work that is only seen and appreciated up close. This reinforces the reality that things are more interesting and complicated than they first appear. Mainstream news and social media tend to reduce everything to the lowest common denominator. My work opposes those generalizations.