Monday, March 8, 2010

Eric Keast an Eclectic Artist

Eric C. Keast is a self taught contemporary artist combining various media: Painting, papier-mache,beadwork, writing, etc.. He has been documenting his work -online- in photographs and video since returning to Canada, after ten years in Minneapolis, where he studied and worked with Anurag Art Bronze |Studio and Foundry, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's MayDay parade and festival, Two Rivers Gallery at MPLS American Indian Centre and Ain Dah Yung Youth Shelter.

In the 1980's and 1990's, Eric studied the rock art forms of the Canadian Shield, pictographs and petroglyphs,and prehistoric material culture, while working for the Regional Archaeology unit and the Ontario Rock Art Conservation Association in Kenora, ON.

While not a strict follower of the Woodlands School / "X-ray" forms of representation, Eric's work is influenced by the source material and strong lines of Woodlands art.

Eric received an Ontario Arts Council "Northern Arts" grant this winter, which will be used to: a) create a mural wall / theatrical space infrastructure at SpiritFire Park in Devlin, ON

b) sculpt a large foam/clay sturgeon model, create and install a papier mache copy of the Sturgeon Mother at SpiritFire Park

c) Lead a mural design/installation workshop with the UMAYC program, from the Fort Frances UNFC

d) Hold a grand opening event in August 2010, presenting a theatrical performance in new space and host performance by T-Bay's Rodney Brown.

Eric is a member of the Ojibway nation. He is an eclectic artist whose works
includes: rawhide rattles, acrylic paintings, wood sculpture, papier mache masks, beadwork, leatherwork, 'First Nations', art, and 'Native Art'.

Please click here to visit Eric's website.

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