"The conception of both paintings rattled inside my mind for a few
months before the image gelled. I spent some time watching footage of
NASA missions and looking up at the stars at night, just thinking what
if, and maybe.
I was stuck in indecision for a
long time whether or not to make these paintings. The setting in space
was so foreign to my previous work. I worked on some other paintings,
but the idea of deep infinite space kept creeping through my thoughts. I
guess the turning point was just to dive in and see what would happen. I
was aware of Jeremy Geddes beautiful astronaut paintings, and wanted to
find my own voice for working with this subject matter.
think they are successful in that I accomplished what I set out to
express. I would enjoy revisiting this theme in the future. I think the
imagery is interesting and wacky, and when I look at the print, it
transports me someplace far, far away. I like art that leaves me
slightly confused and with unanswered questions. If you need another
reason, the paper and printing quality are top notch." - Josh Keyes
Read our full interview with Josh Keyes at News.1xRUN.com
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in 1969 in Tacoma Washington, Josh Keyes
received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife Lisa Ericson and daughter.
Find more by Josh Keyes at joshkeyes.net.
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