Erin O’Keefe

Erin O’Keefe paints simple geometric shapes in rich colours, accentuated by precise lighting and shadows. Paint is roughly applied and her hand is legible in textured brush marks. The compositions initially resist and tease the viewer – the scale of the objects is uncertain and flatness and depth appear unreliable. The pleasure of colour and shadow are used against the viewer, in a series of perceptual games played with brush and camera. The image enclosed in the glazed frame is an arranged tableau of painted wooden shapes, photographed to form perceptually impossible objects, the monocular vision of the camera collapsing space.

Recent group exhibitions include AND/ALSO: Photography (Mis)represented at Kasmin Gallery, New York in 2020; Joy before the object at Seventeen in 2019 and solo exhibitions include Seeing Things at Denny Gallery, New York. O’Keefe will have a solo exhibition at Seventeen in November 2020.


Erin O’Keefe CV

Erin O’Keefe Selected Press


Installation view of Joy before the object at Seventeen, 2019

Installation view of Seeing Things at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, 2019

Erin O’Keefe, Orange Slide, 2019
Archival pigment print
101.6 x 81.3 cm (40 x 32 inches)

Erin O’Keefe, Upright Blues, 2019
Archival pigment print
101.6 x 81.3 cm (40 x 32 inches)

Installation view of Ecstatic Vernacular at Morgan Lehman,  New York, 2018

Installation view of NEW YORK/NEW WORK at Albada Jelgersma Gallery, Amsterdam, 2017