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Brian Keller one of nearly 100 artists at Breckenridge July Art Festival

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Denver painter Brian Keller is among 92 juried artists selected to display their works at the 31st annual July Art Festival in Breckenridge at Main Street Station this weekend.
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If you go

What: 31st annual Breckenridge July Art Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6

Where: Main Street Station, corner of Main Street and Park Avenue, Breckenridge

Cost: Admission is free

More information: Visit http://www.mountainartfestivals.com, or call (970) 547-9326. To learn more about Brian Keller’s work, visit http://www.btkeller.com.

“Simply put, I love realistic art,” said Denver painter Brian Keller. “I love seeing and creating illusions.”

Keller is among 92 juried artists selected to display their works at the first of three of Mark Beling and Judith Pollock’s annual Mountain Art Festivals, the 31st annual July Art Festival in Breckenridge at Main Street Station, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, with free admission.

“I create realistic paintings because I believe in the power of illusion,” Keller said. “Each finished piece of my ultra-realistic art is a composite of numerous places and experiences, things I have touched, felt and observed that have affected me and my view of the world in which we live. The principle concept behind my pieces is to invite the viewer in to participate in my vision and take part in the illusions I create.”

Keller received his bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1971, earning his master’s in 1975. His early accomplishments were in graphic design and illustrations, but unsatisfied with the constraints of these careers, he left commercial art to dedicate his energies to fine art.

In the mid-’80s, Keller encountered Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the great desert Southwest. The clean, dry air and clear light were major influences on Keller’s understanding of light in his works. Today, this is evident, as warm colorful glows, reflected light and deep shadows dominate his paintings.

In 1991, Keller began working in egg tempera. The primary goals are to create illusions that capture light and a sense of place, which invite the viewer into his paintings; this precise paint is ideally suited to his work.

“Tempera paint is a light, delicate paint that dries almost immediately and does not blend or smear,” he said. “The clarity of this paint allows me to capture the fine detail and bright highlights that complete these illusions.”

Keller does many of the largest shows in the United States and has been honored with a substantial number of first places and best of shows. In addition to traveling to shows, he teaches and has a Fall Egg Tempera Workshop slated for Saturday, Sept. 27, through Monday, Sept. 29, at Alpine Fine Arts Center, 826 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.

Following this week’s show, Breckenridge will again host Beling’s other nationally ranked 13th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27, and the 39th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, Saturday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 1.

Visit http://www.mountainartfestivals.com, or call (970) 547-9326 for more information.


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