Steve Keene is an American artist who believes in mass
producing hand painted works of art for the masses.
The concept of SK Art developed in the early 90′s and grew in part from Steve’s friendship with and admiration of musicians. He spent a few years on the radio at WTJU where, surrounded by thousands of records, it was harder to find something he didn’t like than something he did.
Steve says, “I want buying my paintings to be like buying a CD: it’s cheap, it’s art and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work.” He has collaborated with the Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing and Dave Matthews to create album art, video sets, stage sets and posters. Currently Steve has sold more than 250,000 paintings.
Often, when he shows his art, he literally moves in and paints on site. He has shown at Rice University, the Museum Ludwig, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Linden Centre in Melbourne, the Gulf Coast Museum and the Czech Centre in London. Look for him this summer at the Museum Goch in Germany and at the Cairns 2011 Festival in Queensland.
Even though they are created as multiples, each of Steve’s paintings is one-of-a-kind. He works constantly, producing walls full of work every day. For him, every painting is part of a single on-going work of art that is now many miles long. Each individual painting is a souvenir of this enormous work – the event of SK Art.