ARTIST STATEMENT: For the past twenty five years Tom Keough has painted in oil or worked in watercolor. Before that Keough worked for over a decade in black and white making pen drawings or linoleum prints. He started to paint in oils in response to the more immediate elements of the world close at hand especially the urban environment of our city and the beauty of the Catskills. His paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions, in the Gallery of the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment in Prospect Park, the Hal Bromm Gallery in Manhattan, at the Gallery of the Interchurch Center- the headquarters of the National Council of Churches, and at the Theater for the New City, in Manhattan. Keough has exhibited work extensively in a wide variety of venues including facilities of the United Nations, the U.S. Capital Rotunda, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Chambers,the Museum Of Modern Art, the Society of Illustrators, the Storefront For Art and Architecture in New York, The Riverside Cathedral, and St Thomas Cathedral in Rockefeller Center, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem,the Moenchehaus Museum in Gussler, Germany and The Place/Kayenberg Design Studio in Hamburg. Keough's work has appeared in many periodicals and several textbooks.
The original painting of The Hemlock, was installed, with other large works, at Saint Peter’s Church in the Citicorp building in Manhattan for six months in 2003.The Hemlock has been on display in several locations in New York City. Keough has artwork permanently installed in the collection of the New York Life Insurance Company, the Brooklyn Hospital and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Recently the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. installed a large print of The Hemlock in the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica,West Indies.
Brooklyn Bridge 2008 oil on canvas Here is the Brooklyn Bridge as seen from Brooklyn at night looking toward Manhattan.
The original oil painting is featured at the Beech Street Gallery in Long Beach, New York at 772 Beech Street a
Cafe 2007 watercolor This scene was painted on location across from the Brooklyn Bridge. This was watercolor was recently featured in the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza and at the Hudson
12th Street 2002 oil on canvas Brooklyn trees and stoops on 12th Street just below 7th Avenue.
The Red Car 2008 oil on canvas This painting is shown at the Beech Street Gallery.
Sycamore 2005 oil on canvas A typical urban Brooklyn Sycamore
growing out of the sidewalk.
16th Street and 6th Avenue 2001 oil on canvas Nature combines with the man made, the light behind the tree makes each leaf like a peice of stained glass. The combination of the man made street light and the natural tree creates something that is
Connie in December 2004 oil on canvas This shows someone walking through the beauty of a winter's night with the snow lit by the lights from people's homes.
January Night 2003 oil on canvas Just after a snowfall on a quiet walk.
February Night 2004 oil on canvas Swirling snow looks fog like in Prospect Park.
March Night 2004 oil on canvas Another view of Prospect Park in the snow.
Red Pick Up 2009 oil on canvas Prospect Heights in the snow.
Winter Bus 2004 oil on canvas This shows the B67 on Seventh Avenue just past 10th Street in Park Slope.
Snow for Meg 2002 oil on canvas Snow shining in our street lights.
11th Street 2001 oil on canvas This painting shows Eleventh Street just uphill from the Fire House in the winter.
City Winter 2005 oil on canvas City scene with PS 10 and Detective Mayrose Park, 7th Ave and 17th Street, Brooklyn.
A print of this is featured in the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
6th Avenue Snow 2003 oil on canvas "Focusing on quiet NYC settings, Keough's ominous yet melancholy vision of urban alienation will seem both familiar and strange to anyone who calls this densely populated city home. Mysterio
Autumn Night 2009 oil on canvas Autumn Night 13th Street and 8th Avenue, Park Slope.
Park Bench, Prospect Park 2003 oil on canvas Snow falling in the park.
Webster Place Tree 1998 oil on canvas A tree grows out of the sidewalk
like a wild dandelion pushing against the manmade constraints but also deeply rooted in the concrete reality of modern life.
Corner of Jackson Place 2000 oil on canvas The building and the tree on the street corner, this is urban life.