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Ray Keighley

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JULY/AUGUST 1988      INDIAN ART SUPPLEMENT p08  
Jumping Jack Splat Ray Keighley

Jumping Jack Splat

Ray Keighley

"Jumping Jack Splat"
1988
Assemblage-Acrylic, Plexiglass, Wire, Wood,
Handmade paper and Fur
36" x 48"

I am a Metis artist, born and raised in the foothills of Alberta. In 1978, I moved my family to Saskatchewan. This province is not new territory for the Keighley's as my roots are established on the Sucker River Indian Reserve at Lac La Ronge.

Art has been an integral part of my life since childhood though recently I have devoted more energy to art and art studies. In the spring of 1988 I graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in painting, printmaking and art history.

The subject matter varies from figure studies and still life work to more abstract and conceptual work. I find that they compliment each other and switching development as I work between either style. This process of switching subject matter encourages discovery and freshness as I work. At times there is a simplification and abstraction in my compositions and although some of my work has developed out of experimental searching, yet a definite and specific direction is clearly evident.

Life, history and ethnicity are aspects that do not play as large a part as might first appear. They become more or less opportunities to utilize my creative energy in the making of art objects. Much of my work is very "Saskatchewan" in content yet from a very personal point of view. My ethnic origin is evident and yet I do not wish to make that my primary motivation. I just happen to be an artist who has Indian blood and I try to balance that out in my work and in my llfe.