Charles Keiger

BIOGRAPHY

Charles Keiger

Born 1957, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Artist Statement

What I enjoy about painting pictures is the ability to create a world never before seen, a place with its own rules, values and characters. The elements in my paintings are based on real world objects; trees, flowers, animals, people, etc. What excites me as an artist is combining these real-world elements and presenting them in a surreal atmosphere in a way that makes the viewer stop and ponder, “what is going on here?” As a person I try not to take myself too seriously and this attitude flavors my work. If I can elicit a smile from an observer, or perhaps a sense of wonder, I have accomplished what I set out to do, and also entertained myself in the process.

 

Education

1979       BFA University of South Carolina, Columbia

1982       MFA University of Georgia, Athens

  

Exhibitions

2020

All Stars Invitational, Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC

Seven Artists’ Figurative Show, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2019

Small Things Mean a Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

The Storied South, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN

2018      

Modern Whimsy, Charles Keiger & Richard Downs, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Folk & Figure, Group Show, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017      

TEW Galleries Salon Show, Atlanta, GA

2016      

The Painted Figure: Paul Fenniak, Charles Keiger, Mario Soria and Dorian Vallejo, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Clouds and Waves: Group Show, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2015      

Pictorial Adventures, Group Show, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Dualities, Group Show, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Two Person Show, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC.

Thinking Theatrically, Charles Keiger, Solo:  Arts Company, Nashville, TN

2014

TEW Galleries, The Figure Today, Atlanta, GA

2013

Solo Exhibitions: Charles Keiger / Rimi Yang, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC. “New Works”

2012

Gallery Walk at Terminus, “Heaven and Earth,” curated by Ann Tracht & Jill Molino

Charles Keiger, “Menagerie,” Red Line Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2011

The Arts Company, Charles Keiger: Inside Out, September 3 – October 15, Nashville TN

TEW TOP 25 – Works that Express the Gallery Aesthetic, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2010

TEW Galleries, Charles Keiger, Solo, Gallery II, Atlanta, GA

2009

                The Arts Company, Nashville, TN. Charles Keiger “The Art of the Book.” 

                Charles Keiger, Olena Zvyagintseva, May 2009, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2008

                Gallery Walk at Terminus, Blooming, Curated by Ann Lambert Tracht

2007

                TEW Charles Keiger & Kimo Minton, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

                TEW 20th Anniversary Exhibition, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

                Keiger, Gorman, Richter, Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006

                Charles Keiger, Chuck Bowdish, Stephen Olivier, TEW Galleries, Atlanta GA

2005

                Charles Keiger, Jonathan Sobol, Otto Neumann, Galerie Timothy Tew

2004

                Solo Exhibition, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2003

                Charles Keiger, Carol Bruns, Greg Decker and Elizabeth Sheppell, Galerie Timothy Tew

                Solo Exhibition, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2002

                “Little Things Mean A Lot”, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA

                "Tell Me A Story", Charles Keiger and Edith Caywood, Galerie Timothy Tew

2001

                Charles Keiger and Gregory Decker, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN

                Charles Keiger and Tapp Francke, The Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus, Atlanta

                Spotlight on Southern Artists, Benefit for the Trinity School, Atlanta

                Solo Exhibition, Galerie Timothy Tew

2000

“Small Sketches:  A Holiday Show”, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA

Charles Keiger, Auguste Garufi, and Jeni Stallings, Galerie Timothy Tew

Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN

1997

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Timothy Tew

Spotlight on Southern Artists, Benefit for the Trinity School, Atlanta

Portraiture as Art, Unique Portraits by Contemporary Southern Artists, Artwalk at Lenox Square, Atlanta

1996

Spotlight on Southern Artists, Benefit for the Trinity School, Atlanta

1995

Angela Verdon, Kimo Minton, Charles Keiger, Galerie Timothy Tew

Marco Arce, Charles Keiger, Gerald Lee Zeigler, Galerie Timothy Tew

Eleventh Annual Sidewalk Art Show, Swan Coach House Gallery              

1994

Charles Keiger and Marco Arce, Galerie Timothy Tew       

1993      

The November Show, A Juried Exhibition of 30 Atlanta Artists, Atlanta

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Timothy Tew

Group Show, Galerie Timothy Tew

1992

Figure Studies, Galerie Timothy Tew

1990

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Timothy Tew

Earth Factory Show, Atlanta

1989

On Display - Kaskel and Keiger, Southern Bell Center, Atlanta

Suwanee Arts Federation, Visiting Artist, Suwanee, Georgia

Dekalb Council for the Arts, Juried Show

1988

Art in the Homes, Juried Show, Atlanta

Flesh, Machine and the New Venus, installation, Club Rio, Atlanta

Mattress Factory Show, Atlanta

Dekalb Council for the Arts, Juried Show

A Political Art Show, National Juried Show, The Peasant Building, Atlanta

1987

Mattress Factory, Show, Atlanta

1986

South Carolina Friends of the Arts, Juried Show, Spartanburg, SC

1985

Artists in Georgia, University of Georgia Museum of Art, Athens

South Carolina Friends of the Arts, Juried Show, Spartanburg

1984

One-Person Show, World Trade Club, Atlanta      

                                
Bibliography

Keiger Exhibit Invites an Escape from Reality,” Art Review by Felicia Feaster, December 13, 2013, Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Nashville Arts Magazine, September 2011. Cover photo and Spotlight, “The Arts Company Presents Inside Out: New Paintings by Charles Keiger.” 

 “Charles Keiger, In the Realm of Possibility,” Nashville Arts Magazine, October 2009, pgs.19-21, by Katie Sulkowski. Charles Keiger’s painting “Blackberries” is featured on the front cover of the October, 2009 issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. 

"American Gothic: Charles Keiger puts the drama in painting." Creative Loafing, March 3 - March 9, 2005, pg. 46, Felicia Feaster.

"Our Picks: Top Emerging Artists." Art & Antiques, February 2005, Edward M. Gomez.

“Neat Things on View Around Town”, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2003, Catherine Fox 

New American Paintings, 2002/2003 Southern Competition Winner, Boston, MA

"Places of Their Own", Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, September 2002, Suzanne Wright 

“Charles Keiger” Women in the Arts, Winter 2000, by Omnese Campbell

At Timothy Tew, a Trio of Outlooks” Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2000, Jerry Cullum

“Balancing Act, The Art of Charles Keiger” Museums and Galleries, Atlanta,      March/April 1997, cover, page 18-19.

Subtle Touches Render Plants a Powerful Subject for Study” Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1993, Jerry Cullum

 

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