Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Keane.
Brian, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started drawing as a young person and after my first painting class at the University of Illinois Champaign, I decided to be a painting major. I was friends with some MFA students and this gave me a philosophically advanced approach at an early age. Spirituality has always been a part of my life and my education gave me a non-western approach. A friend once said that genius was something you open yourself up to and it can pass through you. This and other ideas set the table for an intuitive approach to art making. Certain life experiences after college generated a consistent theme that continues to inspire my approach to art making.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Painting and sculpture have been my focus. I make artwork because I believe it to be an essential element of who I am, and I believe we should hold our gifts as precious.
I attempt to make work that elicits an awareness of the mystery of life. Science and reason can bear much fruit but if there are aspects of life that cannot be or are not being measured then they always fall short. The unknown and unknowable interests me. Maybe the world remains enchanted be we have become disenchanted. If we slow down and take time for stillness, seeking higher levels of consciousness, we can awake from the boredom, we can renew the mystery and meaning of our lives.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I will be showing work at Horse Thief Hollow a brewery/restaurant on the southwest side of Chicago. This display is part of the Beverly Art Walk September 29, 2018. My website is briankeaneart.com and my Instagram is briankeaneart.
Upward Movement, Everyday Warrior, Spinning Wheel, Ralph, Three Blues, Storm at Ballybunion Castle, The Invisible Within The Visible