Michael Kehoe: Nihon, Digital Montage
The images in this show are the result of a visit to Japan in April of 2006.
"Three painter/printmakers in Iowa City - Michael Anthon, Matthew Ross and Howard McKenzie - each encouraged me to pursue an interest in drawing & collage while in my early twenties, and I started showing work back in the late seventies," says Kehoe. "In 2000, I bought a computer & printer, having learned that "archival" inks & papers had become available.
I scan/photograph my own drawings, paintings, collages, photos and the odd found object into Photoshop to make compositions that wind up as digital archival inkjet prints. This program is designed for the manipulation and layering of images. I find its uses to be every bit as valid and valuable as, for example, those of traditional darkroom tools.
I still do two-dimensional easel, flatwork and small assemblages in my studio, though I’ve spent most of my time lately making digital prints. Sometimes I work on them by hand with graphite, paints, oil pastels, collaging them to make monoprints."
Kehoe was born in St. Louis in 1946 & grew up in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, California and Florida before moving to Iowa in 1963 to finish high school and attend the University of Iowa. He is a resident of West Branch, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Ruth.