Friday, January 3, 2014

An Artist Each Week!

I made a promise to share a new artist here on FB each week for this new year. I've decided to share them here on the blog also. My artist for this week is, Christy Keeney. My friend Becky Brunton introduced me to his work early this week. I'm very grateful to her because his work has inspired me to grow as an artist. I look at his work and I see my own work enhanced, expanding and extending outside the boundaries I've placed on myself and my work in the past. Because of all of that, I thought he would be the perfect artist to start off what I hope will be a year of creativity, 2014, the year of the horse and for me, the year of creative renewal! 

Irish artist Christy Keeney lives and works in County Donegal. His sculpted slab built heads and figure demonstrate a wonderful sense of draughtsmanship as details are drawn into the wet clay surfaces.
“I see my work more as 3D paintings than as sculptures or ceramics. The form is built up and sketched till almost flat, like a canvas, ready to take the drawing, which will outline the head or portrait. These flat heads represent ordinary people. They are a study of the many varied features and expressions that make up the human face. The figures usually attempt to express the human spirit in its many forms. I like to work with the clay blindly, letting the moment dictate my progress. When I see the form develop to some conclusion, then I’ll add the features.”

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