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JOSH KEYES

 

Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1992 Josh Keyes received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before going on to get a MFA in 1998 from Yale. He has become known for creating stunningly realistic, yet highly surreal images that explore political and ecological concerns for the environmental crisis facing our planet. Josh Keyes over the years has addressed issues ranging from the decline of natural resources and the ever rising threat of changing sea levels to that of species extinction and the overall debate of climate change. In Josh Keyes own words he has said “Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of transformation, in a metaphorical interpretation of both biological and psychological change. These paintings embody an idiosyncratic vision, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection to collective concerns, shared globally. The animals I paint personify unconscious drives and energies. The tension created when unconscious elements meet the conscious landscape is something that holds tremendous mystery and fascination for me. It is in this space that I feel free to explore the depths of archetypal and mythical potentiality. What began as a personal journey has (I hope) translated into images with emotional impact that resonate with others to question their own temporality.” Josh Keyes is undoubtedly one of our all time favourite painters and despite his already huge output, a man we see as relatively early in his career with undoubtedly more mindbogglingly stunning artworks yet to come."

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