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Brian Keith’s goal as an artist is to re­spond to beauty by cre­at­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful. “At ev­ery step— study­ing the anatomy, sketch­ing out com­po­si­tions, work­ing my hands through the clay, shap­ing the fig­ure, re­fin­ing the sculp­ture—I am act­ing out of ad­mi­ra­tion for what I freely re­ceive in na­ture, giv­ing a three-di­men­sional form to my re­sponse,” he says. “I find it an ab­so­lute joy to use my hands, mak­ing works of art that will en­gage peo­ple, to bring them an ex­pe­ri­ence of beauty or move them to con­tem­plate what is im­por­tant.”

Keith is in­spired by the at­ten­tion to anatomy and the dra­matic fig­u­ral poses in the works of Bernini and Car­avag­gio, how Nor­man Rock­well imag­ined mem­o­rable char­ac­ters and dis­tilled mean­ing into a sin­gle mo­ment, and the re­demp­tive nar­ra­tives he finds in the Bi­ble. He ex­plains, “I want to cre­ate art that is emo­tion­ally mov­ing and tech­ni­cally pre­cise, with a spirit that ranges from Ital­ian baroque in­ten­sity to Rock­well’s play­ful sto­ry­telling.”

Keith’s tex­tu­ral, even painterly, style is “marked by sur­face va­ri­ety and vis­i­ble re­minders of the hands that molded the piece. The tac­tile el­e­ment of sculpt­ing, in which I am tak­ing up the long tra­di­tion of clas­si­cal sculp­ture, and the dili­gence re­quired to form each fig­ure are im­por­tant parts of why I love what I do,” the artist shares. “My work is a cel­e­bra­tion of the life that God formed from the dust of the ground, and my hope is that each piece re­flects the grat­i­tude I feel in cre­at­ing it.”

The Robe of the Prodi­gal, bronze, 21 x 8 x 11"

Karle Wil­son Baker, bronze, 125% life-size

Princess Jour­ney, bronze, 125% life-size

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