Last night, the prodigal Josh Keyes returned to his home state of Washington and brought the heavy artillery. AM got the scoop from the completely SOLD-OUT show at OKOK Gallery in Seattle. With the anticipation and buzz growing since the show was announced, Josh did not fail to disappoint with a simply stunning show. As previously reported, the show revolved around the central themes of nature, totem poles, and the animals affected by the changes in the environment.
Josh showcased 10 gorgeous paintings that varied in size from 18×24 to 30×40. There was also an amazing installation of an albino deer surrounded by over 500 butterflies! As always Josh takes great consideration of the area in which he is showing and works to incorporate the details into his show pieces. Many of his works included totem poles (both figurative and literal) native to the Washington area. Another concept apparent in the paintings are the effects of global warming. His tribute piece to Seattle is named “Raft”. It depicts a bear clinging onto a killer whale with a fallen local freeway sign in the water. Not only is this a beautiful example of Josh’s work, but it’s also a great commentary on the effects of global warming on the coastal regions.
Continue reading and see all images from the show after the jump.
From the minute details of the water’s reflection/refraction, to the graffiti on urban objects, Josh’s attention to detail never fails to amaze. The show at OKOK is apparently another step up and if these works are any indication of where he is headed, then we think his coming show at Limited Addiction Gallery in Denver is going to be one heck of a show. Be on the look out for the signed print of “Guardian I” to be released by Limited Addiction Gallery. AM will keep you posted about with details to come.
The Josh Keyes show at OKOK Gallery will be open until November 1st. If you are in the Washington/Seattle area, we recommend that you stop by. We leave you with a photo recap of the pieces at the OKOK gallery. (Thanks to Charlie from OKOK gallery and Kirsten from Roq la Rue posting for Hi Fructose.)