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  • About Keith Demanche


    Dusk and evening light is the most inspirational time of day for me. The mystery of deep shadows and dark skies moves me to capture the unknown. Moonlight and streetlights create their own worlds in the night, peering into those spaces always intrigues me. My work is always looking to find that moment of clarity in the blurry rush of modern life and celebrate the beauty of imperfection and transience. I look to illuminate those sometimes dreary intersections of nature and urban sprawl.

    I work in pastel—a dry, rich pigment—because of the connection to the medium as I paint. Applying the strokes, lines and blocks of color from hand to pigment to paper puts me into the work like no other medium. The figure in the landscape (in its place, so to speak) is what always moves me the most. I enjoy finding those moments of change and revealing the power of the suburbs to create a thin kind of magic—the illusion of safety and surety amidst the chaos of the world.

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