American artist Josh Keyes, like so many of us, is deeply concerned by the consequences humanity’s actions are wreaking on our environment and their harmful impact on the Earth and it’s future. Shooting from this standpoint, Keyes composes allegorical dystopian visions which deliver messages geared to provide a wake up call to the masses. Painted with a masterly touch and rendered with compelling realism, Josh’s images produce a tangibility that seriously strengthens the power of his forewarnings. Almost totally devoid of human beings, the world Keyes envisions, is populated by animals forced to evolve and adapt to a new way of life amid the symbolic remnants of humankind’s ultimately thwarted legacy. These fantastical scenarios of displacement come from a profoundly personal locus within Keyes and serve as a representation of his private psychic landscape.
Josh was born in 1969 in Tacoma, Washington and currently live in Portland, Oregon with his wife and artist Lisa Ericson. He received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art. His work resides in numerous private and public collections throughout the world.