Local artist to hold first solo exhibit

Local artist Eric Keast is inviting the public to view some of his latest works at a free exhibit this coming Monday (Feb. 28) from 6-8 p.m. at Warp 9 on Scott Street.
While this will be his first solo exhibit in Fort Frances, Keast’s work previously has been featured in the “Elements” exhibit on now at the Fort Frances Museum, the “Put it on Paper” exhibit there last year, as well as other local art shows.
“People probably recognize me and some of my work from the farmers’ market,” Keast noted.
The show will feature many new paintings on canvas and paper, as well as some masks and relief sculpture. Keast works in various media, including stone, metal, bone, and antler.
Keast said he is calling the show “Pieces from the Winter Studio 04/05.”
“It’s a new studio and I just wanted to show people what I’ve been working on since I found the space,” he remarked.
“Most [pieces] will be for sale, but I’m more interested in having people around to see it,” he added.
Keast said he first began “seriously messing around with paint” in 1990/91 during his second year at Trent University in Peterborough, where he studied anthropology.
Although he never finished his degree, Keast said he was influenced by the traditional imagery and techniques he studied in prehistoric pottery, rock art painting, and rawhide, leather, and plant cordage techniques.
“I never did study art as a school subject or go to art school, but [I’m] self-taught through exploration and mentored with other artists in different art forms,” he explained.
Born in Kenora, Keast also spent 11 years in Minneapolis developing skills in theatre, puppet and mask building, story-telling, and metalwork.