In five days,
local artist Tom Keating will be moving to NYC. As many folks are used to seeing his work in coffee shops and galleries around town— Backspace, Report, and others— Keating will be missed. His illustrations often incorporate newsprint and always depict unique interpretations of the human anatomy. His characters hands are stumpy, their heads squared, and their noses like a boxer's, in contorted angles and smashed triangles.
I'm particularly bummed that Keating is leaving town because he's an artist I've been keeping in the Rolodex for a while now, watching from the sidelines as his style has developed into something truly distinct. Lately his characters have been painted with multiple sets of eyes— an extension of Keating's tendency to give his figures distorted features. His work represents an aesthetic-in-progress— it changes in subtle, traceable ways; it keeps you coming back.
Together Gallery is hosting a moving sale for Keating, tonight from 6-10 pm. The press release takes a monster truck rally tone:
TONIGHT ONLY! MONDAY, MONDAY, MONDAY !!!! THE 27TH OF JULY
TOM KEATING SOLO SHOW- 40 PAINTINGS ON SALE FOR CHEAP, BEER, LIVE
MUSIC, BICYCLE RAFFLE.... & MORE. FREE! LARGE PAINTINGS MUST GO!
Good luck in New York, Tom!
Together Gallery is located at 2916 NE Alberta Street.