Richard Keen is from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degree. He moved to Maine in 1999 and taught art until 2003. Since then, he has maintained his studio at Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick, Maine while subsidizing his life as an artist by working as a diver. His work is held in private and public collections nationally. His most recent solo exhibitions were at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, ME, Simon Gallery in Morristown, NJ and the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at Unity College, Unity, ME. Keen has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, University of Rhode Island, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. His work was included in the United States “Art in Embassies Program” and he has been a visiting artist at various educational institutions. His work has been reviewed in Art New England, Portland Press Herald, Maine Home and Design, Dispatch Magazine and Fresh Paint Magazine.
My abstractions always begin from observation. Whether from the sea as a diver, the landscape as an explorer, or from boats as an inspiration, some final works reveal direct connections to my experiences while the origins of others are more disguised. By removing unnecessary detail, I filter which elements of my experiences are brought into focus; often simplified into line, shape, color, and texture. My studio practice is driven by paint and involves working on several pieces and series simultaneously.