Paul F. Keene Jr. (1920-2009)


Paul F. Keene Jr. (1920-2009). Blues Singer, 1958. Mixed media on Strathmore laid paper,  image measures 18 x 24 inches on a sheet measuring 19 x 25 inches. 29 x 35 inches in original frame. Signed and dated lower right. Signed, dated and titled en verso. Excellent condition.

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Birth place: Phila.

Addresses: Warrington, PA

Profession: Painter, sculptor

Studied: Phila. Mus. Sch. & Univ. Penn., 1939-41; Tyler Sch. Art, Temple Univ., 1945-48; Acad. Julian, Paris, France, 1949-51; Whitney fellowship, 1952-54.

Exhibited: Inst. Modern Art, Boston, 1943; Smith College Mus. Art, 1943; Salon de Jeunes Peintres, Paris, France, 1951; 1st Biennale Int. Marine Art, Genoa Italy, 1951; Phila. Pyramid Club, 1952; PAFA Ann., 1952-53, 1968; Art in Am.-New Talent, 1954; Contemp. Gal., Atlantic City; 1015 Gal., Wyncote, PA; Lagos Mus., Nigeria, 1961; Howard Univ., 1961; Phila. Art All., 1966; Smith Univ., Charlotte, NC, 1968; RoKo Gal., NYC, 1968; San Jose (CA) State College, 1969; La Salle College, PA, 1969; Master Series, Carnegie Lib., Pittsburgh, PA, 1969-70; James A. Porter Gal., 1970; Temple Univ., 1970 (alumni award in art); Phila. Civic Center Mus. Awards: Alumni Award, Phila. College Art, 1972.

Member: PAFA

Work: PAFA; Hirshhorn Coll.; PMA; Howard Univ., Wash., DC; Tucson Mus.; Dallas Mus.; Tyler Sch. FA, Phila.; Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD; Bowdoin College, ME. Commissions: “History of University” (mural), Johnson C. Smith Univ., Charlotte, NC; “Garden of Martyrs” (sculpture with Neil Lieberman), 59th St. Baptist Church, Phila.; “Dancers” (sculpture with Neil Lieberman), Moylon Recreation Center, Phila.; medal for Am. Negro Comm. Soc., Phila.; play sculpture (with Neil Lieberman), Beckett Project, Phila.

Comments: Teaching: Centre D’Art, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1952-53; Phila. College Art, 1954-68; Bucks Co. Community College, Newton, 1968-70s.

Sources: WW73; Briskin, New Talent Art in America,” Art in Am. (1954); Lewis/Waddy, “Black Artists on Art,” Contemp. Crafts (1971); Cederholm, Afro-American Artists; Falk, Exh. Record Series.