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My paintings and drawings are windows into hidden places, worlds thick with an atmosphere that does well to keep secrets in shadows and truth in romanticized light. I love mysterious stories that can be gleaned from a single moment, such as characters with curious expressions and revealing still lifes. I paint and draw to tell these stories, and I care deeply about the ways the images are rendered.
For example, variety in texture of the paint and charcoal is very important to me. Not only does this bring more appeal into a piece of art but I can use it to better tell the story. In my artwork, the paint or charcoal will be handled in a multitude of ways which helps lessen or heighten attention in specific areas. Paint and charcoal have endless possibilities of how they can be manipulated. I want to explore their full potential to make the best narrative and most interesting artwork.
Jennifer Marie Keller, (www.JenniferMarieKeller.com), makes representational oil paintings and charcoal drawings in a classical style.
Born in 1989 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jennifer would hide paper and crayons under her pillow so she could draw past bedtime. In high school, she took private art lessons and an exclusive summer painting class at a local university. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a focus in painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
During her time at university, Jennifer also studied art history abroad in Rome and other Italian cities. Seeing the old master paintings and architecture strengthened her interest in the classical style and sent her searching for an education that focused on the techniques of the old masters.
The artist subsequently attended The Ravenswood Atelier for classical painting and drawing which is modeled after the 19th century art schools of Europe. She excelled during her training, became a student teacher at the atelier, and received the international Art Renewal Center Scholarship.
Jennifer has shown her art internationally. Her work has been exhibited at The Triton Museum of Art in California and also The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. She has also shown in numerous galleries from San Francisco to Chicago. The charcoal company, Nitram, exhibited her artwork in Germany at the Creative World Trade Show and featured her work in Drawing Magazine.
Jennifer Marie Keller lives in California and her artwork is included in private art collections internationally.
2013-18 The Ravenswood Atelier, Chicago, IL
2012-11 Studio Assistant to portrait painter Leslie Adams, Toledo, OH
2011 American Institute for Foreign Study, Art History, Rome, Italy
2012-08 Bowling Green State University, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Bowling Green, OH
2016-18 Student Teacher at The Ravenswood Atelier, Chicago, IL
2017 Assistant of Magda Almy Painting and Drawing Workshop, Chicago, IL
SOLO EXHIBITION HISTORY
2012 Solo Show Near Light, 1832 Studio and Gallery
GROUP EXHIBITION HISTORY
2020 Virtual/Window #1, Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco CA
2019 Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum, CA
2019 Tiny and Huge, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA
2019 World Wide Kitsch
2019 Coyote Hills Regional Park Plein Air Event, Union City, CA
2019 14th Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist
2019 Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit, Blue Line Arts, Rosenville, CA
2018 World Wide Kitsch
2018 Bold Expressions 63rd International Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, CA
2018 Palette and Chisel Spring Show, Chicago IL
2017 Palette and Chisel Fall Show, Chicago IL
2017 World Wide Kitsch
2016 Art Dart (Charity Event)- Green House Room, Chicago IL
2016 Cabaret- The Flat Iron, Chicago IL
2016 Creative World Trade Show- with Nitram Charcoal, Frankford Germany
2013 The Small Series- Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin IL
2013 Art Everywhere- Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin IL
2013 The Next Wave- The Next Wave, Elgin IL
2012 Tiny- Gallery 924, Indianapolis
2012 Encounter- Bozarts Gallery, Toledo
2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial- Fort Wayne Museum of Art
2012 Gallery 333, Toledo
2012 BGSU Senior Show- Willard Wankelman Gallery
2011 Figuratively Speaking- BGSU Student Union Gallery
2011 BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
2010 Presidential Suite in BGSU Student Union
2010 BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
2009 BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
2019 People’s Choice Award 2nd Place, Coyote Hills Plein Air Event
2018 Florence Ferrario Memorial Award - Excellent ability to work with medium. Awarded to “Oil and Dried Rose Petals” painting.
2017 Art Renewal Center Scholarship 3rd Place
2011 Palmar Travel Scholarship
2011 Athena Society Scholarship
2011 Junior Artist Talent Scholarship
2010 1st Place Drawing in Undergraduate Gallery
2010 2nd Place Painting in Undergraduate Gallery
2010 Sophomore Artist Talent Scholarship
2009 Honorable Mention in Drawing in Undergraduate Gallery
2009 Freshman Artist Talent Scholarship
Memberships and Publication
2019 Morton, Walt and Menendez Didi. “Jennifer Marie Keller”. GOSS 183 COLLECTOR’S EXCLUSIVE CATALOGUE. Spring 2019: 6-7. Print.
2018 Featured in article An Artistic Voyage: exploring local creative and artist works, VoyageChicago.com, http://voyagechicago.com/2018/06/28/artistic-voyage-exploring-local-creative-artistic-works-2/
2017 Morton, Walt, comp. "The New Nude." Poets and Artists 17 June 2017: 65-66. Web.
2017 Featured in Guests of Gotham online magazine
2016 Guest blog post on The Art School Database The Ravenswood Atelier Experience http://artschooldb.com/2016/08/18/the-ravenswood-atelier-experience/
2016 Featured in Nitram Charcoal’s Ad in Drawing Magazine
2016 Commercial- Around the World with Nitram Charcoal
2012 Article in ArtfulVegabond.com’s: A 365-Day Tribute to Artists and the Creative Mind