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.
Puloma Ghosh — Assistant Director, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery