Posters from the Past
Keyes could have have easily been a science textbook artist and excelled greatly in that aspect. However, his artistic drive and sense to express himself creatively has lead him to make some real signature work. Work that instantly leaves an impression on the viewer. A sign of good art. Keyes work offers a commentary on the modern world as we know it, and how nature is affected by it. All of his pieces are represented in “sections”, which can possibly be interpreted as the common way that we as modern mankind often get to view nature nowdays. In “sections”, and most likely on your flat-screen TV.
In January 16th, 2010, Keyes had a gallery opening titled “Fragment” at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. Along with many original art pieces, there was a print released in very limited quanties titled “Lifted”. In the artists words himself:
“..dealing with extremes of emotion has always been a real core to my work. ..underneath there is a real, deep therapeutic aspect. In many of these pieces with the water, that is depression. In Lifted in particular, obviously with global warming we are in this deep depression that we have to get out of; everyone is affected in some way. For myself, when I feel that bad, there are two ways to go. One way you don’t want to go in. But I think the other way is to be lifted out of that, and for me the eagle represents Lisa [Josh Keyes’s wife] because she has picked me out of dark places many times. I have emphasized the talons because it hurts like hell to be lifted out of depression. But I think what most people read is a sense of tragedy and a sense of anxiety, and I don’t need to say it is about an emotional condition.”- Josh Keyes
“Lifted” is a 24″ x 32″ Giclee, has an edition size of only 50, and originally cost $395. Very few have been sold in the secondary market, making this a very coveted piece commanding at least an estimated price of $1300+ nowdays.