ON VIEW JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019
@ GAZE MODERN
ABOUT: Keith Crowley moved to the Lone Pine RV Park in Ruskin, FL, in February 2015 after making the decision to take the position of Sr. Preparator at the Ringing Museum of Art. This was a decision to try to minimize the cost of living in Florida while his wife and son remained in Philadelphia while our house was listed for sale.
During this time, Crowley commuted to Sarasota on a daily basis from Ruskin from the camper that he borrowed from his brother-in-law. These six months were an unusual adjustment, but he spent a lot of time observing this strange new place without focusing much on a visual art outcome. The light and the buildings immediately grabbed him as something that was very foreign. Keith immediately sensed that my new habitat was a fertile painting subject, but it would take time to internalize these surroundings and use it as authentic imagery.
Crowley’s visual background is one that is committed to painting, first and foremost. After receiving his MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001, he immediately began working as a preparator in Philadelphia (in many of the great collections in the greater Philadelphia area) upon graduating, and eventually would work on a permanent basis at Princeton University Art Museum.
It was at Princeton that Crowley would gain an immersive education, specifically in the rich Photography and Asian Art collection. At about 2006 he began using snapshots (almost exclusively) as the basis of my painting imagery. Keith found that the commonplace aspects of my commute through Southeastern PA and Central New Jersey to be profoundly important to his imagery, and has remained focused on the landscape as a subject since.
While living in Philadelphia, Crowley exhibited at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and later became a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist-run gallery collective.
Since moving to Florida, his work has been exhibited at Tampa Museum of Art, Tempus Projects, Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, AL), Beacon College and upcoming solo exhibitions are scheduled at the Chipola Art Center, Gaze Gallery, and Art Center of Sarasota.