Celeste Keller

Historically, portrait paintings have primarily memorialized significant contributors to history and culture. They have depicted Religious Icons, political figures and members of Royalty. I am a contemporary portrait painter dedicated to capturing a moment recalled with a person, rather than a statement of ambition for their distant future.

Unlike traditional portraiture which was used to project the aspirations of their subjects, I focus on 'observing' the subject, rather than 'projecting' them into the future. I paint family members and close friends, people I am directly connected with. My paintings aim to convey my loved ones with an air of the present, an immediacy instead of an implied legacy.

I prefer to create a sense of a contemporary time capsule, a futile attempt to stop time rushing past, where the nameless subject gets to stand still, to be in his/her moment, whatever that may be.