Kevin Kehoe’s aim as a painter is to stimulate the eyes with works that feel emotionally conjured. Capturing the true essence of my subject matter is what I pursue. Simply put, he says, “I strive to paint how something makes me feel, and reflect the impressions left on me, upon the canvas. I don’t force my subject matter or manufacture it. I allow things to come to me. I allow things to stop me. As a keen observer, my art really celebrates the art of me being struck by the natural beauty I see and feel in the world. I look for authenticity in places, beings, and things. I like to think my subject matter exudes a soulfullness and has a story to tell. Simply put, I put reverence on a pedestal, or shall I say, a canvas. Light, to me, is the most beautiful element in the universe because of its power to artfully transform anything it touches, anything it wraps itself around. Light and composition are paramount as I contemplate what to paint and why. Successful composition is probably more important than the brushwork itself. My paintings are about how I want to recall a moment in time in my mind and more importantly, my heart.”
Kevin Kehoe is a native New Englander who made Utah’s Heber Valley his full-time home in 2011, after living in Boston, Providence, Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. He attended the Art Institute of Boston and grew up wonderfully inspired by the work of masters like Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Johan Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, John Register, Georgia O'Keefe, Jim Jones and Maynard Dixon just to name a few.
Only six years into his painting journey, he’s received a notable body of recognition and realized several meaningful accomplishments in the art world. His series of twelve paintings titled “Western Therapy” was invited to be one half of the inaugural exhibit that opened the new Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City in 2016 and a piece from that series was acquired by the State of Utah for its permanent collection. Another piece was acquired for the permanent collection of the acclaimed Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Kevin’s work has also been on exhibit the past two years at The Albuquerque Art Museum during the museum’s ArtsThrive event.
He’s attracted the attention of internationally celebrated art publications including Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art Collector. In 2018, he was the Artist to Watch featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s February issue.
He is represented by Altamira Fine Art in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ, where he’s had a solo exhibition, and has work hanging at The Mark Sublette Medicine Man Galley in Tucson, AZ. He’s also had a solo exhibition at Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City, in March of 2016. He has recently completed his first two commission pieces.
My studio is in The Old Firehouse Building in Utah's beautiful Heber Valley. With the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges as my backdrop, I covet the southerly light that pours into my studio windows each day. The supreme light makes it ideal for seeing colors truly, seeing them purely. Most days I don't even turn the lights on until early evening.
He, his wife Julie, their daughter Kate, and their black lab Ranger, live in a log home overlooking the valley they love. As Kevin likes to say, “We all have the West in our blood, and are better off for it.”