Keith Kavanaugh

Encaustic Painting by Keith Kavanaugh

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Statement

My landscapes are inspired by a long time interest in our relationship to the natural world. Nearly all of my work deals with places near my home in rural northeast Jackson County, Missouri. My most recent work is about Yellowstone National Park where my family has vacationed every year since 2011.

My work represents an increasing amount of painting from memory, seeking to balance internal motivation with the inspiration I get from the subject. My hope is to expose a more personal connection - one that goes beyond the superficial or simply pictorial and becomes a translation of a place rather than a depiction.

Greek for "to heat," encaustic is an ancient medium dating back to the fifth century B.C. The word describes the necessity of working with the pigmented wax in its heated, or liquid state. I'm particularly fond of it's translucent quality and the textures that can be achieved through layering, scratching and scraping the surface. As a material which itself comes from nature, beeswax is a fitting medium for painting landscape.

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Bio

I began my creative pursuits as a musician with a degree in Jazz Performance at Boston's Berklee College of Music. It was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner and others that I realized a connection between the spontaneity of improvisation and the act of painting.

Returning to Kansas City in 1987 to play music, I began studying visual art at Park College in Parkville, Missouri in 1988, with additional course work at the Kansas City Art Institute. Completing an Art degree in 1990, I began working as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director in the magazine publishing business, eventually striking out on my own and forming BauWau Design. While I never put down the brush for long during those years, I returned seriously to painting in 2001.

A longtime interest in the natural world led me to the genre of landscape painting and to the unique medium of encaustic, or pigmented beeswax. Greek for "to heat," encaustic is an ancient medium dating back to the fifth century B.C. The word describes the necessity of working with the pigmented wax in its heated, or liquid state. As a material which itself comes from nature, beeswax is a fitting medium for landscape painting. Its translucent and three-dimensional qualities allow for some beautiful techniques that set it apart from traditional media.

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Exhibitions

  • 2016 Sheridan Dental, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2016 Primary Colors Gallery, Independence, Mo. (solo)
  • 2016 Contours Salon, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2015 Primary Colors Gallery, Independence, Mo. (solo)
  • 2014 Margaret Harwell Museum, Poplar Bluff, Mo. (solo)
  • 2014 Roeland Park City Hall Art Gallery, Roeland Park, Kan. (duo)
  • 2013 Primary Colors Gallery, Independence, Mo. (solo)
  • 2012 Tavern of Fine Arts Center, St. Louis, Mo. (group)
  • 2012 Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, Ks. (solo)
  • 2012 Primary Colors Gallery, Independence, Mo. (duo)
  • 2011 ARTichokes, Leawood, Kan. (group)
  • 2011 Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2011 Primary Colors Gallery, Independence, Mo. (solo)
  • 2010 Garment District Boutique, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2010 ARTichokes, Leawood, Kan. (group)
  • 2009 WestPatrons Gallery, Overland Park, Kan. (solo)
  • 2008 ARTichokes, Leawood, Kan. (group)
  • 2008 Shirley Stiles Gallery, Westwood, Kan. (solo)
  • 2007 The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2007 Kansas City, Kan. Public Library, West Wyandotte branch (solo)
  • 2007 Bulldog Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2007 Steve Nuss Ltd, Westwood, Kan. (duo)
  • 2006-2007 The Cross Gallery , Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2006 The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2006 Kansas City, Kan. Public Library, Main branch (solo)
  • 2006 Kansas City, Kan. Public Library, Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle branch (solo)
  • 2005 The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2003-present The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2000-present Hobbs Building Open Studios, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2004 Muddy's Coffeehouse, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2001 Cultures Without Borders, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 2001 Muddy's Coffeehouse, Kansas City, Mo. (solo)
  • 2000 The Grand Nude, Kansas City, Mo. (group)
  • 1991 Art in the Woods, Overland Park, Kan. (group; Phillip Pearlstein, juror)

Collections

  • Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Stowers Institute, Kansas City, Mo.
  • H&R Block Art Collection, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Sprint Corporation Art Collection, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Private collections

Media

Work

  • 1996-present Owner, BauWau Design (web design & development, graphic design)
  • 1987-present Musician, freelance drummer in jazz idiom

Education

  • 1990 B.S., Art and Design, Park College, Parkville, Mo.
  • 1989-1990 Course work, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo.
  • 1987 B.M., Jazz Performance, Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass.
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