Pomona, CA, September 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- “Bon Appétit,” is an eclectic blend of the work of Los Angeles based artist Keith Mikell. This show offers the art lover a feast for the eyes and is scheduled to run from October 8 – 29, at Twenty Miles East Gallery, 558 West Second Street, Unit A, Pomona, California. October marks the one-year anniversary for Twenty Miles East Gallery and the opening reception for “Bon Appétit” will coincide with the anniversary celebration and Pom ona’s Second Saturday Art Walk.
Born and raised an only child in the heart of Los Angeles, Keith's introduction and fascination with art began as a child of eight. His next-door neighbor would sit at the kitchen table drawing sports figures out of magazines; Keith would watch and emulate the neighbors work on his own paper. From this humble beginning would come marvelous detailed illustrations of his own.
Keith studied fine art at San Diego State University and Otis Parsons College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. His art is a reflection of life and its emotions that can be felt and can be felt and shared by us all. Keith has a distinctively individual style that is easily recognized as his own. This individuality coupled with his charismatic personality and popularity within the community has given him the opportunity to conduct lectures and seminars on art at local Jr. High and High schools in the Los Angeles area and garner sales and notoriety of original art pieces from coast to coast.
"Keith participated in the ’45 Show’ curated by Michael Massenburg at our gallery earlier this year," says Mia Lee, founder of Twenty Miles East. “His contribution to the group show both beautiful and moving. It pulled me in, and then, once it had my attention, it made me think. I had to see more, and then I knew I had to convince him to do a solo show. I am so pleased and honor to host his work. It’s our anniversary, but boy do we have a gift for you.”
After numerous group exhibitions and many creative endeavors Keith had his first one man show ("Addiction and Vices") in the Helen Wurderman Gallery in Los Angeles. An extremely successful show, it had the largest turnout to that date of any other solo exhibition at the gallery. As an abstract / figurative artist, his art is a reflection of life, love, sex, depression, anger, fear and humor. His paintings are immediately striking with heavy colors and strong powerfully structured images with allegorical depictions of culture, human needs and desires.
His work has garnered invitations from the Montserrat Gallery and the Agora Gallery, both of New York. Plus two solo exhibitions in Long Beach, CA, and an ongoing relationship with the renowned Lucy Florence Gallery of Los Angeles, CA where he is currently the artist in residence. Keith also has a successful work affiliation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts rental and sales gallery which has sold several of Keith's original works. Keith's work has also been showcased on the former NBC television series "Seaquest". The Disney television pilot "30", the Warner Bros. television show "Roswell", CBS's "Judging Amy", ABC's "I'm With Her", UPN's sitcom "All of us" and the WB's "All About the Andersons". Keith’s exhibitions are always fun and energetic experiences that are always eagerly anticipated and well received.
Twenty Miles East Gallery is located in the Arts Colony of Pomona in Los Angeles County. The gallery welcomes art of all media. A gallery of inclusion, the gallery owners encourage all artists, emerging and established, to show at Twenty Miles East. The gallery features several group shows a year in the attempt to provide as many talented artists as possible the opportunity of exposure.
"As a person who creates, I feel there must be a greater meaning to the work. The voice of artists should reach out to not only entertain and beautify but to touch people emotionally. Because art is organic, we should make it fresh and relevant for people of all cultures to understand.”--- Keith Mikell