Keith J. Hampton got his start in commercial art in 1977 at the age of 18, working in publishing, first at The Saturday Evening Post company and later at ICP as the company’s magazine cover artist. By the time he reached the age of 25, he had already made his foray into marketing and advertising, working at mid-sized agencies in the Indianapolis market. A 2-year stint at Truevision, (a computer graphics and video card firm) gave him a firm base in digital media. in 1995, he started his own
My artistic direction has had several influences since I began as an illustrator in 1977. When an artist starts out as a commercial illustrator in a small market such as Indy, one soon learns that survival means the ability to work in a variety of styles.
This has had an indelible impact on my skill as an illustrator and my fine art vision. Whereas most artists must deal with self-imposed styles, I tried to narrow my focus to a few styles.
Early on, I tried to work against the natural process of exploration and growth in whatever the canvas showed me. After some time, I learned that much like a good actor can be many characters, I can evoke many moods and styles through my art. I began to truly embrace an eclectic approach and have been much more successful as an artist.
Since adopting this method, I have learned to go back to specific styles and enjoy watching each particular style progress. I now have a growing catalog of works in each which I utilize, creating a larger and more diverse body of work. I’m encouraged and blessed by the fact that so many people have enjoyed my work – regardless of my unpredictable artistic journey- and purchased it for their homes, offices and public spaces.
Please come see over 27 new paintings and multiple, large sculptures at Automaticae, October 6th at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis. The work explores the line between subconscious and conscious by utilizing automatic drawing and painting resulting in abstract paintings and sculptures and even in one case, a poem intertwined. The show runs through the 27th of October. For more info go to the artist’s website.
Pricing varies widely dependent upon the media used.
Paintings: range is from $50 to $4,000.
Ceramics: range is from $150 to $1,000.
Lighting: range is from $300 to $1,000.
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