Drawing Abstraction
with artist Rihcard Keen

Richard Keen is an abstract visual artist based in Maine. From 1997-2003 he taught privately and in public schools. Since then, he has maintained a studio at Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick and subsidizes his life as an artist by working as a diver.

Keen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, where he received an art scholarship and double-majored in studio art and art therapy.
Keen graduated from Millikin in 1995. He then earned a Master of Arts from SUNY Albany and has been living in Maine since 1999.

He draws inspiration from Maine’s natural and man-made surroundings, including waterfronts, island shapes, and horizons, and he incorporates these into his work through distorted shapes and skewed perspectives. Completing several pieces at a time allows him to establish continuity in his works.

Richard creates paintings As well as large-scale public arts. His work appears in public and private collections internationally and he has been awarded multiple grants from various New England institutions. He exhibited at the Zillman Art Museum, Bangor, ME, Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, ME, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, MA, and the Painting Center in NYC.

He has also created public art and received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the University of Rhode Island, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. His work was included in the United States "Art in Embassies Program” and has been reviewed in Art New England, Portland Press Herald, Maine Home and Design, Dispatch Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, HyperAllergic, and Studio Visit Magazine.

For this workshop, basic drawing supplies such as cardboard, paper, and spray fix will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring flat/non-precious objects to draw on, around, trace, etc. During a 90-minute workshop, artist Richard Keen will guide participants on how to compose and create abstract drawings based on an object they are connected with.

Date & Time

  • Sunday, June 4, 2022
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Location
  • The Garage Art Center
  • 26-01 Corporal Kennedy St. Bayside, NY 11360

  • Free and open to the pubic. (Age 10 & up recommended.)
  • All materials provided.
  • To register, please click the button below or email contact@garageartcenter.org.