Born in Paderborn Germany, Brigitte Keller taught school in Berlin and began her art career at the Berlin Akademie der Kuenste. After marrying, Brigitte moved to the USA where she studied painting at New York University and printmaking at the Boston Museum School.
Her works have been exhibited internationally in both galleries and museums as well as are to be found among several prominent private collections. Notably her collection of 40 Works on Paper” “Sequences of Light” was featured in a solo exhibition at the opening of the new wing of the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass.
Brigitte’s media and approaches include her personal method of staining her canvases with an acrylic paint mixture vs. building up paint into a thick surface. When working with paper collage, and painting on paper, she chooses to use pastels mixed with a paint medium containing egg yolk and wax in lieu of a latex based paints. As a result the wax allows the paint to keep its character but eliminates the extreme shine. With the pastel/wax buildup Keller can inscribe with pencil line or mere scratch lines. Paper tape and linen tapes also support her geometries and lines of color weaving above and from under her layered tapes.
Light, music as a coloristic landscape and their relationships are part of her artistic themes. She is both s vocalist (Naples Bach Ensemble) and a colorist, pursuing the intertwining of these disciplines through her artistic methodology.
Working at times with vivid colors and sensitively proportioned geometrical compositions, Keller’s work examines a relationship between color, form and line. She draws upon images from nature to inspire her more organic curvilinear forms that reside among strict and rectilinearly defined color areas. Emblematic shapes such as the foursquare cross, triangles, irregularly shaped stars, sun and moon as well as the iconic tulip profile are invested in her disciplined color fields. Artist Keller notes: “Many of these shapes seem to quietly emerge from abstract fields of paint, evoking nostalgia and memories landscapes beyond the tangible experience of nature.”
Keller’s point of view transforms her landscapes into essences of color, form, line and light in a sophisticated departure from the ordinary. While appealingly decorative, her artworks have a keen message and a story to tell. Her quiet voice, yet bold shapes hold much to contemplate and grasp in their layers. While many of her canvases are petite, a greater number are unabashedly large and offer an exceptionally pleasing balance between their geometric power and their whispered tales of fields, gardens, shores and skies.