Cubism is a forgotten art form. Yes, we all have heard of Pablo Picasso and, one of my favorites, Juan Gris. But very few contemporary artists are still turning to Cubism. Why is that? Is it because it is too difficult or just the page in art history that has been turned? Very few Cubist paintings can be seen at modern art fair. Yet, Cubist art is one of the world's most recognized art forms and luckily for us James Keeton decided to preserve it.
I met James at the 2018 Hunters Point Shipyard Artists open studios. Very unassuming and friendly, James was very excited to talk about his art. We chatted for a few minutes, and I casually took a few photos of his work. I still have photos of his business card and the "Still-Life in Violet" in my Photos album. We exchanged a dozen emails while sheltering-in-place during the Covid-19 pandemic in San Francisco. And now, two years later, I am happy to have his paintings as part of the Art House SF collection.
Cubism with its shadows and angles, with its straight lines trying to depict nonlinear objects and shapes, with its multiple picture planes slicing the space around us, that Cubism has to live on. That tradition James is carrying with him in his work.