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Wentrup is pleased to present Black Feathers and Sequins< /i>\, a solo show by American painter Danny Keith\, 9 November - 21 Decembe r\, 2012.

 “Continuing my exploration of the male portrait\, the introduction of black provides a more dramatic backdrop for the figure and for how he is wardrobe. Sequins and feathers dance in the light but al so engage discourse around costume\, gender\, identity\, and globalization. ” (Danny Keith)

The exhibit hosts several new oil paintings depicting formal portraits of bearded masculine figures balanced with femin ine attributes. Staging the figures in the studio\, Keith works with an obs ession towards capturing every nuance of the model's seductive physicality and contemplative stare. By working with the same model over long periods o f time\, Keith's paintings reveal a strong sense of intimacy and desire bet ween the artist and subject.

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Throughout the tenure of his practice\ , Keith has developed an engagement with 19th century painting as a specifi c art historical strategy. In his recent work\, Keith represents the solita ry male figure\, gazed upon and rendered in the artist's technically skillf ul manner. Keith's paintings subtly invite narratives of sociopolitical iss ues to the forefront of contemporary culture and figurative painting. Refer encing artists such as Homer\, Eakins and Sargent\, Keith's extremely perso nal vision becomes part of a larger lineage of classic American portrait pa inting.

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Danny Keith was born in Woodsville\, New Hampshire and curr ently lives and works in Boston\, Massachusetts. Keith holds an M.F.A. in P ainting from the California College of the Arts\, San Francisco\, 2008 and a B.A. in Graphic Design\, Notre Dame College\, Manchester\, NH\, 1988.

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