As far back as I can remember, I've had this fascination with color.
Rather than focusing on the subjects alone,
I feel their life and movement through the paints.
George Keaton is a self-taught painter working and living in Chicago. Born in 1980, his creative energy was sparked when at the age of four, his father showed him how to draw the wheels of a car with a nickel. Over the next 20 years, living between NYC, Atlanta & Chicago, he sketched a lot, exploring different techniques & subjects. In 2006 George was introduced by a fellow artist to the art magazine Juxtapoz. It was in the pages of this magazine that George fell in love with the rising movement of "street art". Soft-spoken most of the time, and able to relate to this style of expression, George started to find his voice in the art world. He picked up a paint brush for the first time soon after. Since then, George's focus has been to merge street art and fine art through his process and techniques, both self-taught & formally trained.
"As far back as I can remember, I've had this fascination with color. I remember being four and mixing my father's shoe polishes. I covered my toy car with white polish and before it dried, followed it with black polish; the resulting grey sparked my curiosity. At the age of seven, wearing raspberry polos and riding a lime green BMX bike, my love of color was fully realized. As a man and artist, I am still intrigued by color and, furthermore, by process and technique. As of late, I have been inspired by animals and I am still adding to this collection."
There is no doubt that there is pain in these portraits. They can feel dark and piercing, but at the same time, somehow celebratory. George is on display here.
Kimberly Atwood, Elephant Room – Chicago
His works are a sensual treat with canvases splashed with color around an astonishingly intricate portrait of both man and beast. Abstract meets fine art, joyfully crafted with oils, acrylic, charcoal and spray paint.
These emotionally charged images surface amidst a storm of gestural marks in a brilliant color palette.