PASSION AND PRECISION
Artist Brian Keith (b. 1971) has earned nationwide recognition for his bronze works of art. Characterized by careful attention to accurate form and a passion for storytelling, Keith’s work brings classical technique to a wide range of contemporary subjects, where joy and wonder join skillful execution.
For Keith, fine art has been a lifelong pursuit. Born and raised in the East Bay of Northern California, he began training at the age of 7 with his first mentor, his grandmother. His efforts as a young artist were rewarded with a full 4-year scholarship to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco—but Keith’s complementary passion for faith led him to study the Bible academically while pursuing fine art through personal instruction. Studies with accomplished painters Daniel Greene, Ken Auster, and Carolyn Anderson built the technical foundation for his art.
In 2001, Keith found himself seeking instruction that would take him to a still higher level of proficiency. Captivated by the passion and vision present in the work of Morgan Weistling, Keith reached out to the artist and began what would be a transformational mentorship. Three-dimensional clay sculpture emerged as Keith’s forte: a multi-faceted art form combining elements of artistic vision and design and the physical workings of the artist’s hand. In sculpture, Keith found a perfect match for his artistic strengths and a powerful new vocabulary.
In 2005, Keith received the first important commission of his career: a bronze portrait bust of former President Reagan (an exclusive limited edition of 200 sculptures) that has made its way into the private collections of Governor Mitt Romney (Massachusetts), Governor Rick Perry (Texas), Governor Mike Huckabee (Arkansas), Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakasvhill, and also features in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
Not long after that first major achievement, Keith earned a commission from Centercal Properties, who charged him with developing a sculptural program for a plaza in Danville, California. For this project, Keith produced Imagine, a narrative about an older man who sits down to read to his granddaughter, when the story they share together miraculously comes to life in front of them. Keith’s whimsical figures won him more supporters and led to many other large commissions.
Today, Keith’s ever-expanding body of work includes gallery bronzes, commissioned life-size and monument-sized works of art. Keith is an elected member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society and has shown in its annual awards exhibition. His bronze sculptures and oil paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.
Brian Keith and his wife Lanisa, an award-winning Christian singer and songwriter, continue to make their home in the East Bay of California. They have three children: Malia, Jordan, and Teah.