Tobias Keene’s paintings continue to explore, through the immediacy of color, texture and form, a quality of lost innocence. By using negative space as part of his composition, he has created a unique exploration of displacement. His use of long shadows signify the passage of time, while using Russian linen which he often leaves raw.
The images of children at play. dogs chasing balls, a man on a trapeze are somewhat metaphorical. As he states ‘We are all old dogs chasing balls”. Keene has exhibited at the Earl McGrath Gallery Los Angeles and New York since 2003 as well as Christies, Chait Gallery and the Bergamot Station. Tobias was born in Stratford Upon Avon , England but currently lives and works in Los Angeles.