Since 1988, Keith Grace has exhibited and sold his paintings across the country in galleries, museums and universities, through one-man and group shows. He has participated in over 150 art festivals and invitational exhibitions and has won many awards for his work. His paintings have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, posters, annual reports, brochures, websites, restaurant walls, and stage sets – as well as numerous corporate and private collections internationally.
The process for each painting begins with sketches, often inspired by photographs that Keith has taken of friends and objects. Many of the abstract shapes are derived from subconscious doodles. The sketches evolve into the final composition which is enlarged and drawn onto canvas.
Keith then collages individual pieces of typography and other visual elements — such as maps and elements of pop culture — securely onto the surface with many layers of an adhesive, transparent medium to ensure a flat, seamless application. The typographic images are chosen randomly by type font, size, boldness and color.
Next, he blocks in color with layers of acrylics. Detail painting is then applied with oil colors, using a drybrush technique. This process is performed by using unmixed paint directly from the tube and rubbing it into the surface with a flat, hard brush.
(current and past) include:
• VIDA Museum, Borgholm, Sweden
• Rockford Art Museum
• Asheville Art Museum, NC
• MIVA Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
• Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
• Evan Lurie Gallery, Indianapolis
• Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
• Maple Avenue Gallery, Evanston, IL
• Millea Gallery, St. Louis, MO
• Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
• Aurora University
• Rock Valley College
• Thompson Illinois Center in Chicago
• Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA
• Bulthaup Gallery, Chicago