About My Figurative Oil Paintings
Somewhere on a bridge at The Getty Center or on a hotel balcony in Paris, you’ll find Warren Keating with his video camera, capturing footage of unsuspecting figures walking below. Later, In a studio in Encino, you can find him pouring through frame after frame of video footage to digitize a still frame that shows the perfect moment of weight shift, swing of the arm or tilt of the head that tells volumes about each subject, which he feverishly paints, covering large canvases with thick swashes of paint depicting an overhead view of a person in transit.
A native of New Orleans and graduate of Otis Parsons, his work now reflects the culmination of 25 years of painting both the figure and the landscape. His first solo show at the Desmond Gallery in Los Angeles in 1995 was followed by numerous solo shows of his paintings in the U.S. and Mexico, including a special exhibit sponsored by the governor. Now, his work is sold directly to a variety of collectors in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Keating’s latest series, Overview, which combines video and paint, was selected as an LA Times Calendar pick and won awards at juried exhibits at Long Beach Arts and recently at the Visual Arts Society of Texas, Dallas. An interview with Keating about this series was featured on CNN. The paintings are currently available from JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach.
My latest paintings from the Overview series are the result of collecting video of unwitting subjects from balconies, rooftops and bridges, digitizing them on computer and painting them on canvas in a style that can be best described as Pixelated Impressionism. Merging elements that artists have explored throughout the 20th Century: abstract naturalism, expressive realism, narrative painting, with 21st Century technology; digitized video, satellite surveillance and internet voyeurism, these paintings depict organic shapes of foreshortened figures forming dynamic relationships with their urban environments. Drawing from my childhood experience with a disease that left me unable to walk for several years, I obsessively combine video and paint to create overhead views of walking people captured on canvas, stop-action, mid-step in thick paint. I painstakingly select the exact frame of video that tells the story of each character and render the digital nature of each image in a painterly style depicting a privileged view of a private moment.
The motion of these subjects is realized in thick paint as video scan lines and pixel artifacts creating a style of mark making that has never been seen before.