KEO | Agora Gallery Represented Artist

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KEO 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY


Jim Keo is an American artist and architect living and working in Colorado. As a child, Keo practiced drawing and sketching daily, and continued to develop his artistic skills as he grew up, studying painting and studio art. His love of drawing and his eye for detail led him to build a successful career in architecture, a field in which he has spent the past 25 years. In 2008, Keo was given the opportunity to select a public sculpture for a building he had designed in Snowmass, Colorado, which reignited his passion for studio art. Since then, he has dedicated himself to painting and calligraphy, while balancing his career and his role as a single father. Keo has developed a significant number of influences in his artistic journey, each of which has shaped his skill and style in unique ways. His painting practice and process was largely shaped after learning the East Asian art of Shodo Calligraphy, under the tutelage of artist and Zen scholar Kaz Tanahashi. As a longtime practitioner of meditation and internal martial arts the calligraphy influence integrated seamlessly into his meditation practice and painting. Another significant influence was Jim’s encounter with artist Tadashi Haywakawa while on an architectural tour of an arts center, who has become a friend and mentor. His employment of bold colors and the movement of his effortless brushstrokes transpire the freedom and spirit of positive energy, influenced by ancient eastern philosophies. In each of his acrylic and sumi kink canvas works, Keo uses Shodo inspired gestures layered with colors and spontaneous movements, resulting in contemplative compositions for boundless discovery.


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For me, painting is an unscripted act, stimulated by an innate passion to create, influenced by the stillness of mind. It is a physical and contemplative expression of spontaneous and reflective movements. Layers and colors evolve into composition. Each painting begins as boundless endeavor with shodo, inspired sumi ink, and acrylic gestures at play. With both quick and slow-moving improvisation, I transpire a spirit, rhythm and freedom onto each canvas.


Go Figure, 2021 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 24” x 30”

$ 2 4 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Zheng Qi, 2021 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 18” x 24”

$ 1 9 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Chikara, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 30” x 48”

$ 3 6 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Cloud Dance, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 24” x 48”

$ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Deep Garden I, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Deep Garden II, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Deep Garden III, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Taiji XII, 2019 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 24” x 48”

$ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Stillness Aura, 2019 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 24” x 40”

$ 2 9 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Emergent Presence, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Delectatio, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 60” x 48” $ 4 9 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Spazio Vitale, 2018 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 40” x 30” $ 3 2 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Silva Chorus, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 3 3 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Explosante Fixe II, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 40” x 30” $ 3 2 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Seikatsu, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 72”

$ 4 9 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Memento Vivere Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 20” x 40”

$ 2 7 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


LaJolla, 2019 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 48” x 36” $ 3 8 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Passage II, 2020 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 30” x 72”

$ 4 7 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Passage I, 2019 Acrylic & Ink on Canvas 36” x 48”

$ 3 8 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


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