Artist Information

BIOGRAPHY

Keith passed away on December 12, 2006 from Pancreatic Cancer.

Keith was born in Madelia, Minnesota and grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1966 and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 1970. In 1968, while in graduate school, he was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam, working as the Art Director of a Vietnamese language magazine published by the US for Vietnamese nationals employed by the Army. He was curator of the Art Center Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin for two years following graduate school and then taught printmaking and drawing for 14 years at the Atlanta College of Art. He moved to an 1840 plantation house on 100 acres in Meriwether county with his family in 1986 and built a studio to do his lithographic printing.

Keith's work has been presented in many important group and solo exhibitions throughout the US; his work is in major museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Many public and private collections, including IBM, Coca-Cola, Mellon Corp. and the State of Georgia, have acquired his lithographs.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT

A common theme in my work is the people and landscape around me, a comment most artists would make, but what I do is interpret, in hopefully a meaningful way, the physical essence of the subject, be it figurative, architectural or a natural landscape. Subjects that interest me have to speak to my memories of the surfaces and volumes of objects and atmospheric spaces of the countryside. I grew up on a farm and went to a one room country schoolhouse my first eight years of school.

I love a challenge, whether it be rendering a complex arrangement of forms like the fretwork on a Victorian facade or the subtle gradation of light in a cloudy sky. The process of lithography presents its own challenge technically, but also conceptually in that I must be able to maintain the creative process over a long period of time.

The images are always derived from drawings done at the scene and then taken back to the studio to be drawn on the stones and printed. This direct contact with the subject, without relying on photographic references, results in a more personal point of view that can never come out of superficial association derived from photographs or general imaginative sources.



©2017 Keith Rasmussen. All rights reserved.