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We are pleased to feature the paintings of Vincent Keele in the May 2019 exhibit at the Burien Community Center.

Meet Vincent at the opening reception on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Center. The exhibit runs through May, 2019,  and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Monday– Thursday, and 8:30-5:00 Friday.

“When starting a new painting I always start with learning, learning about who and what I have in mind. I want to connect with the subject first and understand who or what that thing is all about, get in deep!!! Really see why I’m attracted to the person or place. For the most part, I want the viewer to see themselves or people they know in the paintings, it all about the connection and bring out emotions,” he explained.

“I have found that in order to accomplish this, I must rely on visionary thinking as well as painting techniques from the modern and old masters. It’s necessary to blend art styles to get the effect I want. I employ styles like:

-Impressionism: To give a sense of environment and familiarity.

-Realism: To bring the character(s) to life and build a stronger bold with the viewer.

-Dramatic Color or Cubism: To invite and delight the viewer as well as add interest and boldness to the painting. “

“My work is about retelling history, bringing back special people and places that have been misplaced, forgotten or facts we just don’t know. I’m creating these people and places in a new arrangement never before seen. As an artist, I feel it is both exciting and profound! “

“I am very inspired to create this body work because far too often all we see is copies of a particular narrative done over and over, and my plan is to create new ones. I believe… the only challenges I face are getting the colossal amount of narratives out of my head and on the canvas…”

Vincent has displayed his work in at a wide range of art festivals, restaurants, and galleries around Washington State. He is largely self-taught. For more on Vincent, go to http://www.vincentkeele.com

All works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Please email burienarts@gmail.com  for information on purchasing.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.