Born in Miami Beach, FL, Keith Kimmel (known as the art of kEith’s) artistic path relied much upon discovery. His talent of word, his poetic spirit, his yearn for narrative led him to his current body of work. Gifted with a natural awareness, he considers his education a sort of autodidactic smorgasbord that allowed him to channel his astute, sensitive perspective into an altogether unique technique and style. Inspired (among other influences) by the Beatnik, free-form abstract expressionist aesthetic of the mid-20th century, Kimmel uses his art as a declaration of freedom and the ideal. His technique follows a so-called intuitive intuition in an effort to reveal beauty essence without limitation of conscious thought, yet at the same time trusting and following rational intellect, and art feeling. It is art feeling that yields the free notion of art. He remains open to the guidance of shape, color, texture and form -- these basic concepts of perception. There is no sense in following fashion as he works with the true source of what art is. Kimmel currently lives and works in Manhattan.
INTERVIEW by Lynn S. Schwebach
Please enjoy this interview from the past:
How did you get interested in art (at what age)? Did you go to college, and if so, did you major in art? Where are you from?
I was born in Miami Beach. I never got interested in art; I got interested in life – in beauty, in soul, in the essence of who I am/was, and am still to be. I majored in English, spent a bit of time in the digital arena after that. I think I owned one of the first Web design companies in Miami.
How would you describe your art?
I’ve given up describing my art. You can describe it.
(I’m not sure how to describe your art Keith without using a bunch of clichés and overused “art” terms. And your art doesn’t really fit any of those terms anyways. After viewing your art, I feel as if I have seen an outstanding play or concert, or read a great book – it’s art that resonates with the ineffable spirit of life.)
Do you do art fulltime? Where? If so, how are you able to support yourself fulltime as an artist? Is it tough? Is it worth it?
I do life fulltime, which includes being creative nearly 24/7. Life is tough. Full-time life is tough. But it’s also amazing.
How important is creativity to you? How would you describe or define your creativity or how it aids in the creation of your projects? Are you creative in all aspects of your life?
This is such a strange question. There is no importance in my life in regards to creativity. It is important for me to be authentic, to fear nothing, to walk healthy, to be alive, to love life, which means loving myself – and to be grateful and happy.
Thank you Keith for reminding me that individuals don’t sit down and analyze their creativity, they just create – because they have to.)
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Am I an artist? How can I answer this question? That’s like saying if you weren’t you what would you be? I can’t imagine being anything but what I am.
When not creating, what are your interests and passions?
I am interested in everything. I look at the world like a palette, like a movie screen – an intense plethora of passion.
Do you have any advice for those seeking a career as an artist?
Seek a career in life. Find ways to get money from anybody who will help. Do not obsess on how you are going to survive.
“i can say a million things about my art ... how ‘bout this?” -kEith
What others are saying...
(FRIENDS OF THE ART OF KEITH)
“It is more than just your brilliant grasp of your craft, your virtuosity, your sensitive sense of color... that has penetrated and lifted me at the same time. It is also that your works are soulful... touching all that is beneath the surface. Van Gogh's spirit shines through your art. I am so thankful.”
”You have an awesome gift within you. You are so sensitive, and feel much more than 99% of the world around you. You are blessed, and have everything you need, to bring this to pass, the world needs you, very much, more than they know. You shall be known in the history books as a Picasso, a Rembrandt, a Renoir, a Monet.” -Susan
“I love your artwork. I could sit and look at the pictures of it all day. I keep trying to compare it to other artists and I think you are a mix of Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, and Wassily Kandinsky.... I love all of those artists. Keep up the amazing work. I'll enjoy seeing what you come up with next.” -Shelly
”Photos of these paintings on the Internet fall woefully short of conveying the true power and presence of the art. These works are truly soulful and come from heart.” -Sean
“I absolutely love it, the painting and the meaning! As artists we speak to the world, and an artist who speaks truth in life is a refreshment desperately needed!”
“I got to see your work in real life today. It's always impressive to see it live. Your photos don't do it justice.” -Lea
Thanks for sharing your Art with me ... made my day ! I’m just starting right now ... It's always an inspiration to see great Art. Keep Art Alive. Kind regards
”Another stunning painting... your creative soul is lovely.” -Lolly
“i am writing to tell you that your painting is sooo amazingly beautiful and it caught my eye so deftly. It really is just lovely and i like what it conjures in me.” - Melissa
”It's a little hard commenting on your work... it touches me and leaves me almost speechless which if you knew me, you'd know that's almost an impossibility.” -Josie