Paint he something? Library’s artist in residence on display

Peachy Keene: Artist Steve Keene paints up a storm outside the main Brooklyn Public Library.
Photo by Alexa Telano

Brooklyn Public Library’s artist-in-residence Steve Keene painted fast and furiously for onlookers at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday.

Known for his quick work, Keene has more than 250,000 pieces of art in public and private collections. He kicked off an “affordable art fair” at the library with a demonstration of his speedy painting style, making fast work of more than a dozen paintings.

Keene’s art isn’t limited to paint. He also dabbles in multimedia art, using software to create three-dimensional file models that are then cut into building blocks that make up sculptures of his design. He is also an album-art impresario, known for creating artwork for such musical acts as Pavement, Dave Matthews Band, and Silver Jews.

His art will be on exhibit as “The Steve Keene Experience” in the Central Library’s lobby through Aug. 8.

The Steve Keene Experience” at the Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights). Monday–Thursday, 9 am–9 pm. Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6 pm. Sunday, 1–5 pm.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Art outdoors: Keene's paintings will be on display in the Central Library lobby through Aug. 8. Here he paints the library, among other things.
Photo by Alexa Telano

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