Born in 1969 in Tacoma Washington, Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections.
The artist’s paintings create a bizarre atmosphere in which animals dominate the world as there is no sign of human life – Keye’s surreal environment consists of animals surrounded by remnants of human culture like street signs and abandoned cars, living among other species that they would otherwise never see. Incredibly realistically painted, the artist’s animal figures are deepy intriguing and forcing the viewer to wonder what happened to the world depicted.
Keye’s dark world may seem faraway but it is the artist’s warning sign towards the destructive consequences human culture has upon nature.