Stella Keen

Stella Keen

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The Ghosts of Glamour - Josephine Baker, 2016
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 centimeters)
Edition of 25

© Stella Keen, 2016.

This work is from one of a series of collage paintings called “The Ghosts of Glamour” - a faded ripped disruption of the iconic portraiture from the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood and its historical attitude towards multi-cultural representation.

Born in Brighton in 1965, Stella Keen is a multidisciplinary artist now based in Hastings, UK. Heavily influenced by Surrealism and anthropology, her practice investigates ideas around universal storytelling – in particular those of transformation, the ‘hybrid’ creature and our interconnectivity with nature and the universe. Stella explores this through paint, collage and assemblages.

A former 'child star' and ‘second camera’ for her father Jeff Keen's films, Stella also performed in his Expanded Cinema shows.

Graduating with a Fine Art degree in London, Stella moved back to Brighton in 1990 where she produced performances and events at the Zap Club (Zap Arts) winning two Zap awards. She went on to produce arts/festival events, performances and exhibitions whilst also working in graphic design.

Classically trained in Drama and Dance - under the stage name of Stella Starr as director and performer - Stella was a pioneer of New Burlesque and participatory theatre in the UK with her legendary “Vavavavoom!” shows in the 1990s.

Since 2010, Stella has been director of her father’s art and film archive, curating international exhibitions of his work. She is currently studying an MA at University of Sussex whilst developing her fine art practice, exhibiting in group exhibitions, with some work in private collections.