Charles F Keck Watercolor Artist ( 1913-2003 )
spending the better part of sixty years in Southern California he saw first hand how much the scenery changed. In spite
of the all changes, there was still beauty and culture everywhere
around him as there is today. Many of his paintings captured impressions of the greater Los Angeles area from the fields to the urban environment. Charles F Keck also painted in Alaska during World War II.
Take a look at the Virtual Gallery
on this site to see a glimpse of the pastoral and scenic Southern
California of fifty years ago.
The California Watercolor style was
most popular in between 1940 and 1950. Although Charles' work is mostly in this
style, he did have explorations into abstracts, cubist and
expressionist watercolors as well.
Charles Keck took pride in the quality of his work and used the best quality papers and paints he could. He hand crafted many of the colors in his palette and tested them carefully before using them. The colors will last for
many years given proper care.
This site was created during the last two years of his life. While he was reluctant to sell his works at the time, he did say that he would like to sell his paintings to people who would show and enjoy them. He wanted more people to see
his work. Sadly, as is the case with most artists, this did not come about until after his death. He was a good father to his four children; he taught art classes at Lincoln High School in Los Angeles to make ends meet. Charles Keck, like many of his generation had a strong sense
of community and with him, a promise would always be kept. If you are lucky enough to have one of his works or be able to purchase one at one of the galleries, you will feel some of the values that seem to be fading, values that built this great nation, and values that created the
scenes in his paintings.
If you're interested in
purchasing a Charles F Keck watercolor painting, you're in luck. There are currently two galleries representing his work. While quantities of non-abstract works are limited, there are still many fine works to choose from.
The estate is not entertaining private offers at this time, although
gallery inquiries regarding his abstract work are most welcome. Please visit the links page for representatives that sell his work.
Charles F Keck
Updated August 2005
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