Please join us at 15 East 76th street in New York and RSVP for our opening reception 6-8 pm on May 24th. We will exhibit 11 new paintings from the Keegan studio, all of which are now available to view.
Alessandro Keegan creates vibrant, wonderfully rendered paintings rich with historical references and metaphysical intrigue. The piece above shares the title of the show After the Rain which refers to a 1942 surrealist landscape painting by Max Ernst "Europe After the Rain II".
Alessandro Keegan (b. 1980) is a visual artist, writer, and professor living and working in upstate, NY. He has a distinguished academic background holding an MFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also an MA in art history from Brooklyn College.
From a postmodern perspective, Keegan considers his work as abstraction oscillating between representational and abstract like Expressionists and Surrealists of the early 20th century. His affinity for transcendentalist painters and his love for mysticism imbue his paintings with metaphysical narratives. He explores a 'mystical science' through the use of surreal landscapes and materials resembling dew drops and glass vessels that interact with the light rays in diagrammatic compositions.
His compositions emerge from his subconscious in almost complete form, which he quickly captures in sketches. He then turns to color, combining pigments that have a synesthetic effect for Keegan, who says certain pairings have tastes: magenta and yellow, for instance, taste like marzipan.
Keegan has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Dublin, Barcelona, and The Hague. Writings about his work have appeared in Artforum, Elephant Magazine, Masthead Magazine and Ephemera NYC as well as journals such as Helvete (Punctum Books, Brooklyn) and J’ai Froid (Castillo/Corrales, Paris). Keegan’s art practice featured in a 2020 documentary called “The Matter of Mind” by Full Moon Films. In 2022 he exhibited at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong with guest curator Zoie Yung. He will be featured in the upcoming Art Macau: Macao International Art Biennale 2023 this summer curated by Qiu Zhijie.