Richard Keen



The merger between abstraction and realism is the primary factor for my art. 

Natural and man-made surroundings are the inspiration, subject matter and the vehicle for my creations. My work in Maine has a considerable history of examining elements and iconography related to seascapes and working waterfronts – often including boat hull components, island shapes, horizon lines. These landscapes and vistas, which make up my daily existence, are taken in and filtered through my lens of perception and emerge as my work, often with distorted shapes, skewed perspectives and intensified colors. 

Beyond creating visually engaging and pleasing works of art, I strive to stimulate a visual dialog with

viewers. I seek to encourage others to look more deeply at the connections between their own

memories of the environments and objects that impact their lives - as I pursue those that influence

mine. I seek to establish a visual vocabulary of marks that create an artistic language to understand

the spaces which surround us.





After 15 years of visits to Monhegan, I have created a new series of paintings focused on the way I see and experience the island. I have taken hundreds of photographs of the island during my hikes for use as personal reference back in my studio. My photographs serve as compositional leaping off points and references to help recall certain elements about Monhegan. As each painting developed, I clearly stepped away from the photograph as my internal sense for abstraction and paint evolved to reveal my personal memory of place.  Monhegan’s iconic reputation and the successful artists who have made it a large part of their art career are intimidating, however, I believe my predecessor’s would approve of what I’m doing and that my work adds valuable content to the existing visual dialog surrounding the island. 



2015 Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ (Form Singularity: Recent Paintings)


Elizabeth Moss Gallery - Falmouth, ME (Island Geometry: Monhegan)


Gallery 49 @ Oxbow, Portland, ME (FOREandAFT: Mural: Recent Painting and Sculpture) 

2014 Leonard Craig Gallery, Unity College-Unity, ME (Form Singularity: New Painting and Sculpture)

Denmark Art Center - Denmark, ME (Converging Forms)

Elizabeth Moss Gallery - Falmouth, ME (Area Below Water: Photoencaustics)

2013 Think Tank - Portland, ME (Recent Paintings)

2012 Coleman Burke Gallery - Portland, ME (Point of Entry)

Elizabeth Moss Gallery - Falmouth, ME (Sea Geometry : Algorithms )

2011 Coleman Burke Gallery - Brunswick, ME (Nowhere From Here)

2010 Elizabeth Moss Gallery - Falmouth ME (Sea Geometry)

2010-05 Leighton Gallery - Blue Hill, ME ( Weir Series / Hull Series, Recent Works)

2005 Green Design Showroom - Portland, ME ( Weir Series)

2004 Hay Gallery - Portland, ME ( Weirs)

McCoy Gallery, Merrimack College - Andover, MA (SPARS)

2003 Thomas Moser Cabinet Makers - Freeport, ME (Areas to Weirs)

2002 The New O’Farrell Gallery - Brunswick, ME (Recent Area Paintings) 

2001 Lukacs Gallery, Fairfield University - Fairfield, CT (Area Paintings & Remnant Installation Project)

Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library - Portland, ME (Area Paintings)

1998 Southern Vermont College Art Gallery - Bennington, VT (Area Paintings)





2014 Bowery Gallery - NYC, NY (23rd National Juried Competition)

2013/14 Cynthia Winings Gallery - Blue Hill, ME  

University of Rhode Island Main Gallery - Kingston, RI (25th Anniversary Juried Sea

Grant )

Elizabeth Moss Gallery - Falmouth, ME (Surface, Light and Structure: F. Hynes, R. Keen, L. Salmi )

2012 George Marshall Store Gallery - York, ME ( Celebrating the Working Waterfront)

Cynthia-Reeves Projects- NYC, NY: Emory University (H2O: Film on Water)

2011 Blanche Ames Gallery - North Easton, MA (Juried National)

Center for Maine Contemporary Art - Rockport, ME (Art to Collect Now Exhibition &


Penobscot Marine Museum - Searsport, ME (Art of the Boat)

2010/11 Flinn Gallery - Greenwich CT (Luminousity @ 180•)

University of Maine Art Museum -Bangor, ME (I-95 Triennial Invitational)

2009 Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art- Fryeburg, ME (Atmosphere of 3: Barclay, Keen, Knight) 

Whitney Artworks - Portland, ME - ( Fresh Paint) 




1999 Masters of Arts, State University of New York - Albany, NY


1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Millikin University - Decatur, IL


1992 Associate in Arts, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI




Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram, Feb 18, 2007, pg.E3


The Coastal Journal, April, 2005, pg. 12,14.


Art New England, June/ July, 2004, pg. 31.


The Times Record, Jan. 23, 2003, pg.16


The Providence Phoenix (Arts),May 10, ‘02, pg.4.


Harpswell Anchor, May 2000, pg. 1,19.


Bennington Banner, Feb. ‘99, pg.15.


Manchester Journal, Jan. ‘98, pg.14.

Elizabeth Moss Galleries | 251 US Route One,  Falmouth, ME 04105 | (207) 781-2620

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