About The Artist
Warren Keating's paintings start with documentation. He captures subjects on video from birds-eye views, digitizes the film on his computer and, finally, paints them on canvas in an active style he describes as Pixel Impressionism. He merges artistic elements of the 20th Century with 21st Century technology. Warren credits Futurism as well as Richard Diebenkorn and Willem de Kooning as influences in his paintings. Fun fact: Warren’s inspiration for this series came from a vacation to Paris where he photographed passersby from his hotel balcony in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
My latest paintings from the Overview series are the result of collecting video of unwitting subjects from balconies, rooftops and bridges, digitizing them on computer and painting them on canvas in a style that can be best described as Pixelated Impressionism. Merging elements that artists have explored throughout the 20th Century: abstract naturalism, expressive realism, narrative painting, with 21st Century technology; digitized video, satellite surveillance and internet voyeurism, these paintings depict organic shapes of foreshortened figures forming dynamic relationships with their urban environments. Drawing from my childhood experience with a disease that left me unable to walk for several years, I obsessively combine video and paint to create overhead views of walking people captured on canvas, stop-action, mid-step in thick paint. I painstakingly select the exact frame of video that tells the story of each character and render the digital nature of each image in a painterly style depicting a privileged view of a private moment. The motion of these subjects is realized in thick paint as video scan lines and pixel artifacts creating a style of mark making that has never been seen before.
Otis College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts, 1989