About

Sheryl A. Keen, Author and Artist

I have been a creative since I could first hold pencil and paper. I am interested in bringing contemplative and interpretive works to the viewers’ experience.
My work is mainly done in acrylics mixed media. These works have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions. Some of the places that I have shown my work include CIBC Black History Month Events, several of Toronto Public Libraries, private showings, Areej Gallery, and the Feminist Arts Conference at OCAD. My last solo exhibition in 2018 took place at Station Gallery.
My themes include exploring the internal struggles that take place within a person that leads to outward change. I also look at faces and masks and how we wear each as a survival mechanism.
At the moment, my works can also be found at the Knowledge Bookstore in Brampton and at A Different Booklist in Toronto.
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I am opened to doing commissioned pieces and clients can visit my home gallery by appointment.

 

Artist Statement

Art is my secret hiding place, my refuge, and my window into the world. It is also the place where I can be me, the place where I can risk everything, and the medium through which I can give and show myself to the world. I am influenced by things I see, feel and experience. However, I am particularly interested in faces/masks and how we use them to disguise our true feelings, sometimes successfully, other times unsuccessfully. I am also interested in exploring the strength of women and their ability to balance many things at once. Lastly, I love to explore internal struggles and the change that manifest itself after the struggle is resolved.

It is my belief that art can change a space dramatically and in so doing, change the mood of the persons who use the space. Art can also change the way the world is viewed. On both counts, my intention is to help bring about these changes.

I work mainly with acrylics and mixed media. This mix of the tradition with found objects gives the work additional texture and design, makes the finished product more interesting and connects traditional media to things from everyday life, thus making the art work truly a “slice of life.”

My work is meditative, contemplative and some say interpretive but always there is an internal search for meaning.

 

Resume

Mixed Media Artist with 7 years related experience as well as a portfolio of varied accomplishments. Possesses an innovative sense of artistry.

Education

  • Self Taught

Exhibitions

  • Tribal Eye 2012 – present
  • Private showings (Ongoing)
  • Pickering Canadian Caribbean Cultural Association Dinner 2012
  • Cultural Expressions Gallery 2013
  • Canterbury Juried Art Exhibition 2013
  • Ben Navaee Gallery Group Show 2013
  • Neilson Park Creative Centre Group Show 2014
  • Ben Navaee Gallery Solo Show 2014
  • Online Exhibition Twist Gallery 2014
  • Group Show Ben Navaee Gallery 2014
  • CIBC Black History Month Function 2014
  • Queen St. West Art Crawl 2014
  • Toronto Public Library Solo Show 2015
  • Print Gallery Group Show 2015
  • Caribe Group Show (Cultural Expressions Gallery) 2015
  • Queen & Saulter Library Solo Show 2016
  • Kingston Road Art Walk 2016
  • Richview Library Solo Show 2016
  • Together we Rise Areej Gallery 2016
  • Political Candy Group Show 2016
  • Pape Danforth Library Solo show 2016
  • Station Gallery Together We Rise Group Exhibition 2017
  • Nielsen Park Creative Centre BHM Group show 2017
  • Walter Stewart Library 2017
  • Knowledge Bookstore Solo Art Show 2017
  • A Different Booklist Solo Art Show 2017
  • Station Gallery Solo Show 2018
  • Pixie Blue Studio Group show 2018
  • Artusiam Group Exhibition 2018

Professional Affiliation

Artist member – Artists to Artists Foundation

Email – info@sherylkeen.com

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  1. Hi Sheryl
    nice work hopeto see you soon on october 20 / 12
    would you consider performing some of your poetry?
    i am sitll waiting on your email

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