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UPDATE: Dear buyers,thank you for your interest in my work. I do also make my own canvas prints if you are interested. They are very high quality and at a good price. I use archival-quality canvas, pigment ink and gloss coatings. I personally stretch and hand paint the sides of each (side colors may vary depending on what I think looks good at the time but you can make a color request). Each print comes with a signed/numbered certificate of authenticity. I have signed under 200 certificates total for all of my work so far, so I don't mass produce my prints. My prints are not numbered as a limited edition per work, they are only numbered sequentially over all of my prints. My price quotes tend to depend on mood, so please excuse any variations. For example, I would currently charge $120+$15 shipping for an 8x24' print. I could list the print on eBay for you if you are more comfortable with that. Thanks! Dan.
Artist Profile: July 2010
Story by Ant Perrucci
Before we met Dan Keough, we heard about him, we were told that he's sort of an Ernest Hemingway/Hunter S. Thompson/Jack Kerouac type. Only instead of writing, he paints.
Dan Keough doesn't own six-toed cats, he doesn't play with firearms and mescaline (at least, not simultaneously), and he hasn't (to the best of our knowledge) gone cross-country on a flat-bed truck. But he's charming and well-spoken, and he's our artist of the month.
DRIFT: How long have you been an artist?
KEOUGH: 'since kindergarten., really, but I didn't start painting until I was 28, I used to be an illustrator, but nobody pays money for illustrations.'
D: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
K: 'My inspiration is really whatever comes to mind. I like to let [the paintings] create themselves. '[I'm] usually very free-form. The less rules I give myself, the more fun the job is.'
D: How do you get into the proper frame of mind to paint? Do you have a routine?
K: I only paint during the daytime, when the sun's out. I can't work in artificial light.'
D: Can't or don't?
K: 'It just seems that when the sun goes down, I stop. In the morning, my imagination runs wild. If I wake up early, I can paint for 8 hours. If I wake up late, if I'm hung over, I can only paint for three.'
D: What do you enjoy painting? What do you most like to put on canvas?
K: 'I paint for the women in my life - friends, family, significant other. Not that I don't love the men in my life; I just can't paint for them.' [laughs] 'I think my nephew is the only one I've painted for.'
D: What sort of styles do you paint in? How would you describe it?
K: 'Always impressionistic or Abstract. Never portraits or realism. [It's like] a gifted child painting through an impaired adult.'
D: Are there any painters you really admire?
K: 'I love Norman Rockwell. He's the s---. Bob Ross: 'There are no mistakes in painting, there're happy accidents.' If you don't like Bob Ross there's something wrong with you.'
D: How do you go about painting? Are there any rules you give yourself?
K: 'Well, I cut my brushes down to three eyelashes thick. I paint crazy, crazy small.'
D: Where do you get your ideas from?
K: 'Just random [thoughts]. I daydream all day, every day. And sometimes, I paint them.'
D: What about your illustrations? Do you sell them alongside your paintings, or are they a separate body of work? What are those, to you?
K: 'I would sit at Backstreets and draw all day. I gave away more stuff [drawing] than I'll ever sell [painting.] I'd give away five drawings a day and sell one painting every three weeks.