April 1, 1934 - August 4, 2020
"Ken Keeley is kind of a lone wolf in the
art world. He entered the world of commerce with signed cibachrome
prints then moved on to the many over-size silkscreen editions
and posters of Newsstands and Times Squares, 59 Street Bridge,
Nathan's Famous and the Carnegie Deli, mostly rare and traded
briskly on the secondary market. Many people get their impressions
of New York City from a Ken Keeley rendition. Today, Keeley
self-publishes his paintings in the giclee format. His works
of art are held in public collections such as the Philadelphia
Museum of Fine Art, Malcom Forbes Public Museum, Reading Museum
of Fine Art and Stoney Brook University, Long Island, New
- Victor Forbes
"Keeley has mastered the intimate visual rendition of a large
universal scene, in intimate detail and sustained with a certain
emotion. Not quite a nostalgia, but an acknowledgement of
how things were, how they are and how they be now. With a
steady hand and a keen eye, painting out of the home studio
he shares with his wife outside Lake Placid, Florida, Keeley
is exploring new ways to convey the active stillness that
connects the artist with the many thousands who own a Keeley
poster, painting or print. His is a genuine work ethic, you
won't find projectors or studio assistants, just one man chipping
away at the big picture, one element at a time, same as he
did when he started out some thirty years ago.
These days he is finding that his colors are shifting, getting
deeper, bolder with richer textures. 'Just a natural transition',
he says. 'There is more of a build up of paint.' He creates,
literally, in the midst of a nature preserve, to the music
of the many birds who visit his hideaway. He does all things
well with a paint brush, meticulous, with care, with respect
for the work, the tradition and the viewer. A humble man who
went from a purchasing agent in the armed forces when Eisenhower
was president to an artist who commands substantial amounts
for his paintings and silk screens..." from Fine Art Magazine,
Ken Keeley Credits
Born: Brooklyn, New York
Education: School Of Industrial Arts, New York
1964-Stearns Square Art Council, Springfield, Massachusetts
1965-Chestnut Art Gallery, Springfield, Massachusetts
1967-Ken's Art Studio, Springfield, Massachusetts
1967-Springfield Museum Of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts
1970-74-Westhampton Arts Council, Westhampton, New York
1975-Great World Of Art, Commack, New York
1976-81-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1981-Westhampton Arts Council, Westhampton, New York
1982-Chrysalis Art Gallery, Westhampton, New York
1983-Art Expo, Dallas, Texas
1983-Art Expo, New York, New York
1984-Art Expo, New York, New York
1985-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1985-86-Art Expo, New York, New York
1987-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1987-Art Expo, New York, New York
1988-Art Expo, Los Angeles, California
1988-Art Expo, New York, New York
1989-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1989-Art Expo, New York, New York
1989-Allyson Louis Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
1990-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1991-Patricia Judith Art Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1992-Stricoff Fine Art, Soho, New York
1992-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1992-95-Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1994-Art Miami, Miami, Florida
1995-Art Miami, Miami, Florida
1996-Russeck Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1996-Art Americas, Miami Beach, Florida
1996-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1996-Art Expo, New York
1997-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1998-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1999-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
2000-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
2000-Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
2001-Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
2002-Sundook Art Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida
Major Group Exhibitions:
1968-Springfield Museum Of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts
1986-Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New York
1988-Access Gallery, New York, New York
1995-Helander Art Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1996-Boca Raton Museum Of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
1996-Norton Museum Of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
1997-Reading Museum Of Art, Reading, Pennsylvania
1964-Chestnut Art Gallery
1986-Art Expo Preview Magazine
1987-Soundview Art Gallery
1989-Sunstorm/Fine Art Magazine
1989-Cookbook Cover "The Leftover Gourmet" National Press Books
1990-Art Expo Preview Magazine
1991-Art Expo Preview Magazine-Spring
"Times Square-The Way It Was" By Ken Keeley
1991-Art Expo Preview Magazine-Fall
"Times Square-The Changing Scene" By Ken Keeley
1993-Sunstorm Fine Art
1994-Reading Museum Of Fine Art
1995-Photorealism In Print
1995-Boca Raton Museum Of Art
1995-96-Art & Auction Magazine
1995-New York City Official Guide
1996-Norton Museum Of Art
1996-Ken Keeley's New York City Street Scenes And Newsstands
1996-Coplan Gallery Catalog
1998-Sundook Art Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida
2004-Art Expo Preview Magazine-Cover
2005-Sundook Art Galleries
July, 1964-Springfield Union, Springfield, Massachusetts
August, 1985-Newday, Long Island, New York
Art Review "Exploring The Origins Of Creative Effort" By Malcolm Preston
September, 1995-Long Island Advance, Long Island, New York
Window Panes "Superrealist Makes The Big Apple Super"
April, 1986-Sunstorm/Fine Art Magazine
"Is It Real…Or Is It A Keeley?"
October, 1986-Art Business News
New Editions "Treat Boutique"
March, 1987-Three Village Herald, Long Island, New York
"Enjoy The View At Soundview Art Gallery"
August, 1987-Art Business News "Soundview Grows"
Spring/Summer, 1987-The Greater New York Doctor Shopper
"Leo's Famous" Cover Illustration
October, 1987-Long Island Advance, Long Island, New York
"Medford Artist Paints A Clear Picture"
November, 1987-Town Topics, Princeton, New Jersey
November, 1987-Columns - Squibb Corporation
December, 1987-Star Ledger, Newark, New Jersey
December, 1987-Time Off The Princeton Packet, Princeton, New Jersey
December, 1987-Daily Record, Morrison, New Jersey
"A Holiday Feast At Squibb Gallery"
December, 1987-Currier News Bridgwater, New Jersey
"Gallery Offers Feast For The Eyes"
December, 1987-Home News, New Brunswick, New Jersey
"Art To Make Your Stomach Growl"
October, 1988-Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California
Scenes From Art Expo, California "Ken Keeley's Impressions Of A Filled Refrigerator"
By Con Keyes
April, 1989-Sunstorm/Fine Art Magazine
May, 1989-"Ken Keeley Takes A Photorealistic Approach"
May, 1989-The Record, Suffolk County, New York
"Making Art Out Of The Ordinary"
By Jeanne Marie Schnupp
January, 1992-Boynton Beach Times
"Is It Real?"
By Colin Clark
January, 1992-The News
"Photorealistic Exhibition Pleases Patricia Judith Audience"
March, 1992-Irish Echo, Floridaorida Art Ken Keeley Art And Entertainment
"Painting The Apple Red" By Jim Fallon
May/June, 1992-Us Art Magazine "Paperfree"
Ken Keeley's-"Times Square, The South Side"
By Camille Levre
Summer, 1992-Sunstorm/Fine Art: The Forbes Report
By Victor B. Forbes
Winter, 1993-The Greater Ny Doctor's Shopper
"Welcome To New York"
Ken Keeley He's More Than Real
"Sunstorm Fine Art"
April, 1994-Making Art News By Gary Schwan
"Palm Beach Post"
August, 1995-Art Juried Exhibit At The Boca Museum
Ken Keeley "Newsstand"
December, 1995-"Read All About It", Palm Beach Daily News
March, 1996-Art Business News Photorealism Sells Well
August, 1996-"The Florida Catholic"
Ken Keeley's Art As Interesting As His Life
March, 1998-Sunstorm Fine Art
Spring, 1999-"Ken Keeley-Painter Of Time"
Sunstorm Fine Art
Spring, 2000-"Ken Keeley Newsstands"
Forbes Fine Art
Spring, 2001-"Memories That Linger"
Forbes Fine Art
Spring, 2002-"Ken Keeley Stays The Course"
Forbes Fine Art
Spring, 2004-Art Expo New York Cover Story
Spring, 2005-Forbes Sunstorm
The Steady Hand Of Ken Keeley
2005-Yale University New Haven "On Common Ground"
1991-Jackie Mason Show, Chicken Soup "100 Magazines"
1992-Herman's Head, "100 Magazines"
1992-Murder She Wrote, "New York Experienced"
1994-Grace Under Fire, "Newsstand"
1997-Mad About You "Newsstand"
Patrons (Partial List):
Mr & Mrs Blanche, Minnesota
Mr & Mrs Cage, New York
Mr & Mrs Greenberg, New York
Mr Bryant Gumbel, New York
Dr T. & Dr M. Herskovic, New Jersey
Mr Sugar Ray Leonard
Phyllis & Albee Levine, Floridaorida
Mr & Mrs Mcmillan, Minnesota
Ms Meyer, New York
Dr S Nussbaum, New York
Mr Charles Ranaudo, New York
Mr Mickey Rooney, California
Mr Steve Wolf, Boca Raton, Floridaorida
Major Corporation Collections:
Trans World Airlines
National Broadcasting Co (NBC)
Columbia Broadcasting Co (CBS)
2002-Whitney Museum Of Fine Art