Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Fragments of Impossibility

Once in a while, I hear people laughing at artists depicting animals, saying that it is irreparably kitschy.  Josh Keyes is a perfect example that their statement is a rude generalization. In his sharp pieces, he seems to be playing the role of a precise but mad scientist, who can extract from reality fragments of nature that can not be. Represented with a surgeon's precision, his animals are caught in the impossible.

 Josh Keyes, Howl, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

 
Josh Keyes, Sleeping No.5, 24 x 18, acrylic on panel, 2008

Josh Keyes, Totem II (Raven Steals the Light), 24 x 18, acrylic on panel, 2008

 
Josh Keyes, Last Kiss, 40 x 30, acrylic on panel, 2009


Josh Keyes, Dry Spell, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009


 
Josh Keyes, Thunder, 30 x 40, acrylic on canvas, 2008

Josh Keyes, Shedding, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

Josh Keyes, Rising (Waiting for the Moon to Set)
18 x 24, acrylic on panel, 2008

Josh Keyes, Rise Above, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

Josh Keyes, Dawn, 12 x 12, acrylic on panel, 2007

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