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Light on the Figure - Aspects of Painting People
A career-defining moment! This beautiful 172 page hardcover book just published by North Star Art Press is a compendium of over four decades of Brian Keeler's work portraying people. It includes chapters on drawing, genre scenes, allegory, portraiture, Italian agrarian scenes, and more. Get your copy at several galleries in the region or purchase by mail. Reasonably priced at $54.50- add $12 for shipping and PA residents include 6% sales tax.

View a short descriptive video trailer about the new book

The contemporary realist painting of Brian Keeler is represented here to offer you an easy view of a selection of his art.  His paintings have won wide acclaim during the course of his career and they are represented in many private, public and museum collections.  Several prestigious galleries in the northeast United States show his work or at his North Star Studio and Gallery in Ithaca, NY where he resides or at his other studio in Wyalusing, PA.  Visit for news about the shows, classes and events in Ithaca.

One thing that struck me about your work is you don’t seem to fit into any known category. Your work is sort of like Academic Realism – sometimes even like Superrealism – it’s a little like Impressionism – but not really – occasionally you do a Magritte-like Surrealism, and there’s what I referred to at gallery night as that “hopped-up hyper-reality” like Van Gogh’s work – a sort of hyper-awareness.
- Warren Greenwood- Ithaca Times, November 2, 2011

In 31 years of editing art magazines, I can’t think of many other artists whose artwork is as varied, accomplished, or expressive as the pictures Keeler has created during his long career. He is an exceptionally talented, intelligent, and dedicated artist, and it has been a great privilege to share his work with readers of these publications. Above all, he is an intelligent, passionate artist who deals with aspects of the visual world that can be analyzed and explained, as well as those that are purely emotional.
- Stephen Doherty- Editor-in-Chief, American Artist Magazine- from a forward for an upcoming book. 2010


Donegal Coast with Two Rainbows
Paintings of Ireland !! Brian has been on two plein air painting trips to the west coast of the Emerald Isle. See the gallery for examples, or visit
Painting in Sugar Run
Brian Keeler - painting a plein air oil above the Susquehanna River in Sugar Run, PA. Brian was the top winner in a recent national contest sponsored by Plein Air Magazine - for best plein air painting. He was also one of the award winners at the Wayne Plein Air Fest- a national event near Philadelpia.
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