Keith Perelli is an artist working in painting, drawing and printmaking with an emphasis in mixed-media collage and monotypes. His figure-based narratives fuse illusory realism, abstraction and naturalism. His work most often focuses on the social, political, sexual and environmental proclivities of man. His fascination and research of figurative art, observational painting and biology imbue the work with moments of tangible clarity within an otherwise complex tapestry of linear drawing and his penchant for the abstract mark.

Perelli renders his figures as though they were stripped, dissected and inextricably woven into environments of their own making. His figures dissolve into space sometimes rendering them limbless, thus compromising their stability while amplifying their vulnerabilities. He intentionally interrupts space with lines, flat shapes and the physicality of the collage materials to remind us of the surface as though it were a façade of our projected psyche.

The environments are perhaps just as telling of the mood and gesture of the figure as the subject itself. This duality, further adds to the ideas explored in his work that play more to presenting a narrative psychological dilemma than resolving one or being didactic. Perelli says, "One of the biggest challenges of my work is knowing when to edit, before I expose every intimacy of what I find captivating about the subject." For the past four years he has investigated the monotype process as a source of inspiration and challenge to his experience as a painter. He is interested in this particular printmaking technique due to its ability to record and transfer the near photo exactness of natural forms and the textural nuance of each painterly mark.

As a lover of all that is beautiful and cruel in nature, Perelli sees the potential of using actual organic and man-made environmental detritus as both mark-making tools and objects in themselves. His creations weave e is intrigued by much of what we see is filtered through the siphon of one's experience. His creations therefore require a certain willingness and participation of the viewer to find links between our behaviors and environments of which these actions were influenced.
Solo Exhibitions:

• 2016 Head Games, Contemporain Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2014 Delgado Community College, New Orleans

2013 Of Paint and Paper; Figurative Works of Keith Perelli

2013 Gallery 308, Muncie, IN

2013 Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

2012 Mosquito Muerto, Monotypes, Arthur Roger Gallery

2012 Coordinated with the Southern Graphic Conference

2011 Perforate, Nau-haus Gallery, Houston, TX

2010 Empathy, Keith Perelli-Recent Works, Nau-haus Gallery, Houston, TX

2009 Monotypes, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008 Return and Profile Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2007 Return Series, Found Gallery, Los Angels, CA

2006 Empire Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2003 Structures and Homeland Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2001 Limbo, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1999 Our Father’s Gifts, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1997 Skein Series, d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1994 Myso-Physio-grams, Insitu Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1994 Myso-Physio-grams Thesis Exhibit, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH



Invitational Exhibitions:

2015 New Orleans, Biennial, New Orleans Art Center, Don Marshall Curator, N.O. LA

2013-14 True Colors, Pride Exhibition, Press St. Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2011 Conscience, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Laura Richens Curator

2010 Figurative Works, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

2010 Bento Box, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

2008 40 Days and 40 Nights, Group Exhibit, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA

2007 Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis, Curator, Arthur Roger, Michael DeMarsche, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2006 Culture of Queer, Curator, David Ruben, Leslie/Lowman Collection, NY, NY

2005 Culture of Queer, Curator, David Ruben, CAC, New Orleans, LA

2004 3 UNO Alumni Works on Paper, Curator, Doyle Gertjajensen, Innsbruck, Austria

2003 River fest Exhibition, Curator, Preston Gilchrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

1997 Foundation Ratti Exhibition, Curator, Allan Kaprow, Via Farini Gallery, Milan, Italy

1996 "29th Anniversary, Contemporary Art Center," New Orleans, LA

1996 Create and Collect, Curators UC Faculty, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1995 Strange Angels, Curator, Marion Wilson, Syracuse, NY

1993 Artists React to Issue #3, Curator, Robert Brasier, Insitu Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1994 AIDS Remembrance and Tribute, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH



Juried Exhibitions:

2015 Wichita Center for the Arts, 1st Place Printmaking Exhibition, Wichita, KS

2014 Surreal Salon 6, Baton Rouge Gallery, Greg Escalatne Juror, Baton Rouge, LA

2010 ArtMelt, Louisiana State Museum Baton Rouge, LA

2010 Southern Printmakers Hammond Regional Art Center, Hammond, LA

2010 President’s Residence Exhibition, University of South Eastern Louisiana, Hammond LA, Dale Newkirk            

2009 22nd September Exhibition, Curator 1st Place Award, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

2009 Studio Visit, Juried Catalog of US Artists, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA

2009 President’s Residence Exhibition, University of South Eastern Louisiana, Hammond LA, Dale Newkirk        

2008 20" x 20" x 20" Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA

2005 Louisiana Open, Curator, Deborah Haas, CAC, New Orleans

2004 1st Place, Louisiana Artists, Louisiana State University Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, Robert Warrens Juror



Group Exhibitions:

2015-16 Group Show, Contemporain Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2013 Mobile Museum of Art, Art up Front Gallery Space, Curated by Stan Hackney, Mobile, AL

2012 Wax-on, A Group of Encaustic Artists, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

2010 New Orleans Academy of Fine arts,  Figurative works, NOAFA Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012 98 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition, Kirschman Art Space, New Orleans, LA

2010 ’08, ‘06, ‘04, ‘02, ‘99, ‘98 d.o.c.s. Gallery Group Exhibition, D.O.C.S. Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2009 The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001 NOCCA Exchange, Vaclav Art School, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1998 And She Series, SOHO Gallery, Featured Artist Exhibition, Pensacola, FL

1997 Fondazioni Ratti, Course Exhibition, Ex Church of San Francesco, Como, Italy

1996 The She Series, Carols Corner Café, Cincinnati, OH

1995 Awareness ’95, Cage Galley, Cincinnati, OH

1994 DAAP Works, Wolfson Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1994 Art in the Square, Cincinnati, OH

1992 Eye-dentification, Machine Shop Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh

1992 Annual Post Cards Show, Carnagie Art Center, Covington, KY

1992 Be my Valentine, One Edwards Center, University of Cincinnati, OH
• 2015 1st Place, Wichita Center for the Arts, Printmaking Exhibition, Wichita, KS

2009 22nd September Exhibition, Curator 1st Best of Show, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

2003 Louisiana Artists, First Place, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2002 ARTS Scholarship Awards, Teacher Dedication Award, Miami, FL

2001 New Orleans Magazine, People to Watch, New Orleans, LA

1996 Recognition/Contribution to the City of New Orleans, Mayor Marc Morial

1996 Valuable Member of the Teaching Community, The New School, Cincinnati, OH

1994 Excellence in the Achievement of your Academic Pursuit, The Department of Art, Architecture and Planning, University of Cincinnati, OH
Articles:

• 2009 New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, A Studio by the Water, Gecan, Alex, April, p. 48-53

2009 Art New Orleans, “Tapestry of Symbolism and Surrealism,” Kronowitz, Deborah, Fall, p. 30-35

2001 New Orleans Magazine, “people to Watch,” Depp, Michael, New Orleans, LA, July, p.49

2001 Gulf Coast Arts Review, “Keith Perelli,” Goeke, Marlene, New Orleans, LA Mar. 3, p. 12-14



Catalogues:

2012 Keith Perelli, World Famous Contemporary Painter Series, Tianjin yangliuqing Fine Arts Press, 60 pages, 4000 copies printed in edition.

2011-16 SELU Louisiana Contemporary, South Eastern University Press, Hammond, LA

2009 Studio Visit, Juried Exhibit in print, Open Studios Press, March Edition

2009 22nd September Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

2009 President’s Residence Exhibition, University of South Eastern Louisiana, Hammond LA

2006 Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis, Curator, Arthur Roger, Michael DeMarsche, Colorado          

2006 Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado p. 24

2005 The Culture of Queer, A tribute to J. B. Harter, Rubin, David, S. p. 15, 16, 35, 37, 48,

1999 Kaprow, Fondazione Ratit, Daneri, Anna and Vettese, Angela,  Skira Press, p. 121, 123, 143