Keenan Derby’s highly textured paintings are in perpetual motion. Working in acrylic, oil, and sand, Derby’s technique lifts the paint off each piece’s surface as he negotiates intention and material, embracing the unpredictable physical properties of his medium. Cosmic cycles, objects in motion, tidal patterns, and ancient overgrown temples and tombs all provide inspiration for the raw energy captured in his work. His paintings have a transitional nature, simultaneously constructing and breaking down forms as the eye travels across each piece, never quite settling on a single state of being.
Keenan Derby is an Atlanta, GA native, currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. In addition to studying at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Montecastello di Vibio in Italy, Derby received his MFA from Boston University and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited in galleries nationally, including Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and at the 2017 Art Market San Francisco art fair. He specializes in painting with acrylic, sand, and oil, and his work is included in a number of private collections across the country.