Abstract expressionist Audrey Keeperman paints pieces that have undeniably alluring texture. Drawing inspiration from the transitional surrealist work of Chilean painter Roberto Matta, as well as the color play of artists Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell, Keeperman developed her signature style later in life. However, her obsession with color began in early childhood. She recalls escaping to the burnt trash pit outback of her old farm home, hunting for colorful pieces of glass. Running from the chaos of her dyslexic mind, Keeperman would hold up these shards to the light, enchanted by their shine and glare.
She briefly played with watercolors, before moving on to dichroic glass and then oil paints, which allowed her the unique texture of layering. The colored chips of glass from Keeperman’s childhood still infiltrate her work—most noticeably in her “Weaver” series, wherein blocks of color tesselate and reflect off of and through one another. These dimensional squares offer a sort of opening, a portal-like effect that transports the viewer. The masterful movement and depth of color in Keeperman’s works offer a whispered comment on transience: Keeperman paints not for fame, but in the search of simple moments of pleasure and self-expression.
Keeperman lives and works in the Midwest. Her oil paintings can be found in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.