For the past twenty five years Tom Keough has painted in oil or worked in watercolor. Before that Keough worked for over a decade in black and white making pen drawings or linoleum prints. He started to paint in oils in response to the more immediate elements of the world close at hand especially the urban environment of our city and the beauty of the Catskills. Keough has exhibits regularly at the Hal Bromm Gallery in Tribeca. He has exhibited work extensively in a wide variety of venues including the Museum Of Modern Art, the Moenchehaus Museum in Gussler, Germany and The Place/Kayenberg Design Studio in Hamburg, facilities of the United Nations, the U.S. Capital Rotunda, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Chambers, St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, and St Thomas Cathedral in Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, the Riverstone Art and Design Gallery.
Keough has artwork permanently installed in the collection of the New York Life Insurance Company, the Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn Woods and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Recently the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. installed a large print in the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica, West Indies.
Focusing on quiet NYC settings, Keough’s ominous yet melancholy vision of urban alienation will seem both familiar and strange to anyone who calls this densely populated city home. Mysteriously empty streets, dark alleys and overlooked corners are transformed by the effects of man-made light and heaven-sent snow. Frozen in time and devoid of activity, they convey a sense of solitude normally achieved only in empty movie backlot visions of Gotham.
New York, New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, United States