Your Weekly Mixx! DAF’s Weekly Mixx is a selection of nine contemporary artworks and/or art related videos chosen from artist and gallery submissions and from our own search for new and interesting works. This week, we feature the work of Scott Naismith, Sue Firsker, Alison Langevad, Andy Kehoe, Cece Carpio, Lee Jaehyo, Maria Kreyn and a video by Tate Shots – Grayson Perry, Think Like an Artist.
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Andy Kehoe: Strange Wanderings
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based artist Andy Kehoe has a new show on at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. “Strange Wanderings”, Kehoe’s second solo exhibition at the gallery “features a series of oil and acrylic paintings on wood panel, expanding upon Kehoe’s allegorical compositions, painted in his signature low-key palette of rich earth tones and autumnal colors, accented by fine, black line-work. Most of the artist’s subjects are animal-human hybrids, dressed in fine suits, sometimes smoking cigarettes or pipes, often horned, hoofed, or beaked and covered with fur or feathers. In this fantastical world, frolicking foxes and cats walk on hind legs, forest spirits linger behind tree trunks, creatures peer from above the forest canopy and silhouetted shadows fade into the mist.
Kehoe’s aesthetic is largely inspired by traditional folktales and mythological art. His narratives contain primordial themes of love, fear, mortality, alienation, greed, deception and betrayal. Nostalgic for a time before the age of science and reason, Kehoe’s work rekindles a childlike sense of wonder, recalling an era when fables and legends were believed as truths to explain each and ever.” (from Jonathan Levine Gallery)
“Strange Wanderings” runs through April, 2 2011. To see more of Andy Kehoe’s work, visit AndyKehoe.net.
Andy Kehoe: Painting & Illustration
“Andy Kehoe was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and now spends his days painting in his attic in Portland, OR. He grew up reading comics, enjoying the cool costumes and the ridiculous, stylized violence. Now relishing the nostalgia of childhood, he remembers the days of his youth spent watching cartoons, reading storybooks and doodling all day. This childlike sense of wonder is something he tries to portray in his work, reflecting a time when magic and monsters existed and all the mysteries of the world were possible. After high school, Andy took a long and expensive tour of art schools and finally ended up at Parsons School of Design in NY, where he studied Illustration. After a few illustration stints, Andy began to focus on his personal work—and in the years that followed, his paintings have been shown in galleries across the country” (from Jonathan Levine Gallery)
To see more, visit AndyKehoe.net.