in 1969 in Tacoma Washington. Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from
Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally
and internationally and has work in private and public collections.
Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife and
artist Lisa Ericson
by 18th and 19th-century aesthetics and philosophy, Josh Keyes paints
animals in a style reminiscent of anatomical diagrams. His work is
characterized by an attention to detail and to physiological accuracy.
Keyes, however, does not place his animal subjects in their natural
settings; rather, they are often in peril, displaced from their natural
ecosystems into dioramic fantastical situations. These landscapes are
frequently isolated and contain an incompatible mix of the natural and
manmade. Keyes acknowledges that themes of migration and displacement
frequently feature into his work as a form of his preoccupation with
global climate change and the human impact on nature.