KEITH DILLON : Artist / Photographer : USA
I was born in New Jersey, USA, growing in the northern part of the state. Started out wanting to be a artist, picked up a camera, began covering rock bands for magazines. Worked as a assistant for other professional photographers, started a studio, and became a commercial photographer for 30 years. I worked in advertising, product, photojournalism, editorial, and corporate, both in studio, and locations. Starting using digital, and Photoshop 19 years ago. My advertising work has been in Andy Warhol, INTERVIEW magazine, TOWN & COUNTRY magazine, and MANHATTAN CATALOGUE magazine, and many more. I was published in AMERICAN PHOTO magazine in the Nov. / Dec. 2004 issue. And have a background in art direction, and designing advertising campaigns, and branding.
My personal work has been shown in The Atlantic City Art Museum, and in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey. The Talisman Gallery, and four group shows and one solo show at the Denizen Gallery, and six group shows, one solo show. Also the Afru Gallery. Also The Geezer Gallery, at the Artist Repertory Theatre, The Foxfinder, and the GOOD a gallery all five in Portland, Oregon. Also the California Museum of Photography, and is in the permanent collection in the Los Angeles Center For Digital. And a big show, Art Takes Times Square 2012, my image, Desire and the Jacks of Hearts, appeared on a big screen in Times Square, on a three day weekend. Photographer’s FORUM magazine, 2012 Photo of the Year. Honorable Mention in the 2012 International Photography Awards annual competition. And published in Mystica Magazine 2014. My solo show, DREAMS, VISIONS, and other ILLUSIONS at the Fireplace gallery, Mt Hood Community College, in May 2014. One of my newest project is the original poster art for the motion picture H Y A C I N T H, a documentary featuring Max Schwartz, one of the ‘Mad Poets of San Francisco’ who starred in First Love  the only surviving film directed by Jim Morrison of The Doors. I’m now living in Portland, Oregon,USA.
YOU CAN SEE AND BUY MY WORK, AND CONTACT ME AT: http://keith-dillon.pixels.com/
At what age you started painting and what inspired you?
I started drawing a lot at age 11. I don’t know what inspired me, it just came naturally to me.
The best achievement till date: Picking up a camera, in my early 20s, and being able to turn that into a full time career. In the last 9 years, taking my photography, and my painting skills, and making how I create my art.
What is your dream project? Living and traveling the USA, and Canada, in a RV, doing photography, and my art work.
Do you believe Art can be used to bring change in society? If yes what way? Yes art can help bring a change in society, art is telling a story, and is way to communicate. That being said, we have a long way to go, to make all societies better. Art has been around since the first humans, and we still have war.
Tell two best things about your country, you proud for and two things you want improvement. Two things of the USA I’m proud of, we still have freedoms, that other countries don’t, and must americans are kind and good people. One thing that must be improve, we need to travel more and see and meet people, in the USA, and other countries and learn what we have in common, and stop the hate.
What are the difficult challenges you are facing? Age, I’m getting older, and need to find a way to improve my security in life.
If you will be in a position to bring change in world, what is that and how? In some ways, we all can make the world a better place, we need to be empathetic, and step forward and make a difference.
What is the meaning of LOVE according to you?
Love is the answer, and you know that for sure.
What is your coming up Exhibitions? I’m working on getting grants, to help pay for bigger prints of my work, and finding a show outside of Portland, Oregon
What is your advice to the emerging and fresh art talents? Work hard to improve your skills, keep your eyes open for opportunities, and make your love for art be your passion, and keep on working.
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