Josh Keyes is an American artist whose work we really enjoy at Zoo Portraits.
On the whole, it offers a reference to the fact that animals and people all share planet Earth. Actually, it has been described as “a satirical look at the impact urban sprawl has on the environment and surmises, with the aid of scientific slices and core samples, what could happen if we continue to infiltrate and encroach on our rural surroundings.”
He often depicts fauna taking over the remains of the downfall of human progress; yet it must be said that there is a variety of lectures his pieces may inspire in observant eyes, they are rich in symbolism, as there are several layers of meaning embedded in his artistic expression.
Mr. Keyes told Scribol “I feel that animal imagery still holds a sense of mystery, and can evoke feelings and emotions in a different way than the human figure. I have always enjoyed the use of personification in the work of artists. It is a way of stepping outside human perception, in doing so it calls attention to the human condition without depicting a human figure.”
On his Facebook page his style is described as “reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world.” And this is a highly recommendable source of information on the latest things going on in his artistic life.
And in this video you can see Josh talking about the inspiration for his surreal artwork with host Whitney Keyes… Yes, they are siblings, so the conversation flows quite naturally, easy and familiar, it’s a nice interview.
Also, be sure to visit www.joshkeyes.com where you will find galleries, news, exhibitions and more.