In this magnificent painting with its graceful arched composition, Charles reflects the sky in the water and he gives us great feeling for animals and nature. By making the whale iconic but equally as a holder for an idyllic sea scene, we are inspired to think about what we are doing to the planet.
Charles Keiger's art is richly influenced by Renaissance masterpieces, in this case almost directly by Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis painted in 1480 that is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. St. Francis is known for his love of nature and animals and in all of Charles paintings, we can feel his equally religious response to the world around him. We also recognize the treatment of the rock formations as similar to Bellini's. However, instead of a Saint, we have a musician playing a guitar and instead of a donkey, we have a funny, spotted dog; but in both, they are featured in front of a cave where they seemingly live in peace and calm.
This Magical Realist painting speaks to the life of the creative individual, in this case a writer, who lives both in and outside of reality. While a realistic panorama forms the background, the real action takes place on a stage where things are "scripted and staged" for the viewer's finer appreciation.
Charles Keiger began painting tulips several years ago. However, in their most recent intimation, he uses them as an opportunity to create an alternative vision. In this case, the tulip is both a watermelon and a flower.
In this magical painting dominated by shades of green with subtle blues and browns, Charles has created one of his most peaceful and idyllic scenes, centered on a rabbit. The painting is also forcefully composed of strong and beautiful shapes, such as the small vertical mountain in the middle.
In this painting, Charles uses Stargazer, the name of a tulip, to inspire action within the painting as a man looks at it through a handheld telescope while another, larger telescope, partially submerged in the water, does the same as well. In this beautiful pearlescent paintings, the petals of the tulip are clouds on the outside and a starry night on the inside.
North Star is an evocative small painting dominated by greens and yellows of a girl in wide eyed wonder holding her cat. Partially submerged in water, we don't know whether she is suffering the effects of global warming or simply rising out of the water. The spiritual crystal formation leads us to suspect it is the later.
It is hard to deny the quasi religious feeling evoked in Charles Keiger's paintings, and especially with one titled "Blackberries (Prodigal Son)," featuring a church, a lamp and a lion. Once again, stage curtains signify that the setting isn't "real", and yet, floating above the that pushes into where the stage should be, we are aware that Keiger is also pushing us to an altered state of awareness: perhaps the one that brought the Prodigal Son to consciousness of all he had left behind.
In this evocative painting dominated by shades of blue and green, except for the tiger and the musicians hat, Charles reinforces the fact that he is still contemplating cultural folklore but in a much larger context. Here, the landscape is almost lunar and the cat and the man, frozen for a moment, are connected in a way that is far stronger than a circus act.