I want buying my paintings to be like buying a CD: it’s cheap, it’s art and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work.
And he isn’t kidding. According to a NYT article from last year, Keene churns out 60-80 paintings a day and he estimates he has sold more than 170,000 in the last 15 years.
My new(est) apartment has a lot more wall space than I’m used to, and I had put off the acquisition of something worthy to cover it all up, largely because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to look at day after day. Cue a fortuitous find by friend and reader Carrie in the form of Steve Keene.
Carrie went to Steve’s site and ordered a single painting for $12 plus $8 shipping. When you order from Steve Keene, you don’t get to choose the painting, just the size. And for that price, who can complain when it comes to original art? After a few weeks, Carrie received her order. Much to her surprise, it included several paintings, not just the one she ordered. For $20 she had received a whole wall of art.
After she gave me an extra (he had included 2 painted renditions of OK Computer’s cover), I figured this was the answer to my empty wall’s prayers. I ordered a large and a small painting for $20 total plus $9 shipping, curious to see how many paintings I might get. A few weeks later, I received these 10:
So for $30 I got 10 original pieces of art, and they aren’t tiny, either; the smalls are 12×12, and the larges are 16×20. I love some of the paintings more than others, sure, but I think they all work together quite well. They bring the whole room to life.
If you have some wallspace to fill, I heartily encourage you to send $20 Steve’s way. His vibrant populist art may be one of the best deals in America.