A Look at Two Lands
If it can be said that art is the embodiment of a culture, then Brian Keeler must be regarded as one of the premiere contributors to the visual archives of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the turn of this century. If it can also be said that one salient feature of an artist in the prime of his career is ownership of a unique and highly recognizable style, then Keeler is also deserving of this distinction. Indeed, Brian Keeler’s Landscape, genre, portrait and still-life paintings all resonate with the poignant, perceptive, display of light and palette for which he has become known and is so admired.
Keeler’s use of light and choice of palette are essential elements in his work. Deliberately paired with the subjects they dress, he uses them, exaggerates them, manipulates them, to convey mood, and the moment, and to evoke an unambiguous emotional response that nevertheless demands consideration.
Keeler is a prolific painter whose compelling portrayal of this place – Northeast Pennsylvania – and its people has touched the hearts and minds of his contemporaries. He has a gift for seeing meaning in everyday occurrence, and he shares his vision and insight with us through his paintings. His large and unimpeded views of the world firmly establish his role in the still vital and evolving Regionalist Movement today.