Charlotte, NC
ph: 704.596.1286
Email Paul
www.PaulKeysar.com

(download PDF of resume)

EDUCATION

2011             Painting from Life workshop with Dan Thompson
2011             Anatomy – The Torso workshop with Robert Liberace
2001, 2004   The Art League School, Alexandria, VA, Figure Drawing and Figure Painting classes
1995-2000   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Four-Year Certificate of Fine Arts in Painting
1997-1998   Private Study with Carolyn Egeli, Nationally known portrait and landscape artist
1993-1995   The Art League School, Alexandria, VA, Still Life, Figure Drawing and Figure Painting classes

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

"Plein Air Paintings – from the Carolinas and Beyond", UNCC Student Union Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2016
"While the City Sleeps: Night Paintings", UNCC Student Union Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2014
"Painting from Life – Plein Air and Still Life", Florence Thomas Art Gallery, West Jefferson, NC, 2014
"Recent Work", Stanly County Agri-Civic Center and Falling Rivers Gallery, Albemarle, NC, 2011
"Recent Works", Annmarie Garden Gallery, Solomons, MD, 2006

SELECT AWARDS

Second Place, Alise with Her Head in the Clouds, "Spring Into Art", Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, 2017
Honorable Mention competition, 2nd Place Quick Draw, Harford County Plein Air, Bel Air, MD, 2016
Honorable Mention, Wil-Cox Bridge, Morning, NC Open Plein Air, Salisbury, NC, 2016
1st Place, Corner of Glenwood and Washington, Quick Draw Rehearsal, Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD, 2016
Honorable Mention, Graffiti at the Lock, Plein Air Richmond 2016, Richmond, VA, 2016
Second Place Overall, In Hope of Spring, Dec 2015/Jan 2016 Plein Air Salon, PleinAir Magazine, 2016
Honorable Mention, Jax, Members Only Competition, Portrait Society of America, 2015
Honorable Mention, Jacob in Winter, Artistic Excellence competition, Southwest Art Magazine, 2015
Best Work Overall, Plein Air Crush Weekend, Floyd, VA, 2015
First Place, In Hope of Spring, Fifth Round, TRAC2015 Online Art Competition, 2015
Allied Artists of America Award, Loading Docks, National Midyear, Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH, 2015
Finalist, Jacob in Winter, On-Line International Spring Juried Exhibit, NOAPS, 2015
Honorable Mention, Loading Docks, "Spring Into Art", Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, 2015
Best in Show, Jacob in Winter, Richeson75 Figure/Portrait Competition, Kimberly, WI, 2014
Finalist, Portrait/Figure Category, Jacob in Winter, 31st Annual Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine, 2014
Certificate of Excellence, Jacob in Winter, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, 2014
2nd Place, Christmas Tree Lot, "Spring Into Art", Charlotte Art League, NC, 2014
Best in Show, Night Shift, "Spring Into Art", Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, 2013
Finalist, Night Shift, "You Be the Judge Art Contest", Online Competition, 2013
Honorable Mention, Night Shift, Annual Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC, 2012
2nd Place, House Fire, Spring Exhibit, LKN Art League, Davidson, NC, 2010
1st Place, Bulldozer in the Clearing, Fall Exhibit, LKN Art League, Davidson, NC, 2009
1st Place, and Viewer's Choice, Navel Orange, Small Works, LKN Art League, Davidson, NC, 2008
3rd Place, Distant City Lights, Spring Exhibit, LKN Art League, Cornelius, NC, 2008
3rd Place, Green, Viewer's Choice Show, Mooresville Artist Guild, Mooresville, NC, 2007
1st Place, Cast Shadows, Fall Exhibit, Lake Norman Art League, Cornelius, NC, 2007
3rd Place, Harvest etching, Fall Artoberfest, Mooresville Artist Guild, Mooresville, NC, 2007
Best in Show, Clouds Over the Lake, Spring Show, Lake Norman Art League, Davidson, NC, 2007

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

"Ten", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2017
"Capturing Light", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2017
"Small Works", Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2016 / 2015
"6x9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent", Portrait Society of America, 2017 / 2016 / 2015
The Art Shop, Greensboro, NC, 2017 / 2016
Winter Show, GreenHill, Greensboro, NC, 2015
TRAC2015 Invitational Art Exhibition, The Representational Art Conference, Ventura Beach, CA, 2015
"In the Landscape", Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC, 2015
79th National Midyear Show, Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH, 2015
"Spring Into Art Juried Exhibit", Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, 2015 / 2014 / 2013
Portrait Paint Off, featured artist, ClearWater Artist Studios, Concord, NC, 2016 / 2015
Richeson75 Figure/Portrait, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI, 2014 / 2012
"Discover Local", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2014
"Human Nature", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2014
Charlotte Artery, Charlotte, NC, 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010
Richeson75 Small Works, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI, 2013 / 2008
"High Five", Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2012
"23rd Annual Juried Competition", Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC, 2012
"Making Arrangements", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2011
"Recent Works: Paul Keysar and Kat Knutsen", Artworks on Main, Mooresville, NC, 2010
"Multi-Tasking", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2010
"Teaching Talents: Instructor and Staff Exhibition", Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius, NC, 2009 / 2008
"American Art Today: Juried Works", The Bascom, Highlands, NC, 2009
"ELEMENTary - The Basics: Air, Earth, Fire, Water", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2009
"Realism Found: Charlotte Artists Find New Meaning in an Old Tradition", Queen's Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2009
"Small Treasures" Exhibit, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, 2008
Juried Alumni Exhibition, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
"Art of the Landscape", Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC, 2008
"Small Wonders" National Juried Exhibit, MD Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2007
Richeson75 Landscapes and Interiors, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI, 2007
"Deck the Walls", Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD, 2006
"Brush with Art" International Juried Exhibit, Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD, 2005

PLEIN AIR COMPETITIONS

Floyd Plein Air Festival, invited artist, Floyd, VA, 2017
Paint It! Ellicott City, juried artist, Ellicott City, MD, 2017
Paint Annapolis, juried artist, Annapolis, MD, 2017
Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD, 2017
Harford County Plein Air, juried artist, Bel Air, MD, 2017 / 2016
Bath County Plein Air Festival, juried artist, Warm Springs, VA, 2016
NC Open Plein Air, Salisbury, NC, 2017 / 2016 / 2015
Plein Air Richmond, juried artist, Richmond, VA, 2016
Queen City Plein Air, invited artist, Staunton, VA, 2016
Plein Air Crush Weekend, Floyd, VA, 2015

GRANTS RECEIVED

Regional Artist Project Grant, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, 2016/2017
Regional Artist Project Grant, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, 2010/2011

LECTURE/DEMO EXPERIENCE

These are places I have been invited to speak and demonstrate:
Painting the Landscape with Walnut Ink, Cabarrus Art Guild, Concord, NC, 2017
Plein Air Painting, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte, NC, 2016
Night Painting, Matthews Artist Guild, Matthews, NC, 2015
Landscape Painting, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, 2014
Landscape Painting, Florence Thomas Art School, West Jefferson, NC, 2014
Painting, Greyfriars Classical Academy, Matthews, NC, 2012
Faith in Art, ArtGroup, Clyde, NC, 2012
Still Life Painting, Cabarrus Art Guild, Concord, NC, 2011
Painting the Landscape with Walnut Ink, Stanly Arts Guild, Albemarle, NC, 2010
Still Life Painting, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, 2010
Plein Air Painting, Matthews Artist Guild, Matthews, NC, 2009

JUDGING EXPERIENCE

I served as judge of awards for the following competitions:
Spring Exhibit, Cabarrus Art Guild, Concord, NC, 2017
Capturing Mint Hill, plein air competition, Mint Hill, NC, 2016
Summer Art Explosion Annual Competition, Stanly Arts Guild, Albemarle, NC, 2014
Fall Exhibit, Cabarrus Art Guild, Concord, NC, 2013
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Silver Arts and Senior Games, Charlotte, NC, 2013 / 2011

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Keysar Studios - Charlotte, North Carolina Fine Artist and Private Art Instructor
Retail sales of original art work, individual lessons and group classes and workshops for teens and adults in drawing and painting, lectures, demos, judging and curating exhibits, marketing, PR, social networking. Classes and workshops have covered a variety of topics and media, such as plein air painting, oil painting, acrylic painting, drawing, landscape, still life, portrait, walnut ink, pastel, and watercolor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017   Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, May/June 2017, "Today's Masters - More Than Just Faces", Alise with Her Head in the Clouds, page 70
2016   PleinAir Magazine, April/May 2016, In Hope of Spring featured in article on page 103
2015   Southwest Art Magazine, December 2015, Jacob in Winter featured as cover art, article page 65
2015   The Art of TRAC2015 Catalog
2015   The Charlotte Observer, July 29, 2015, Local Artist Wins Award in National Contest, and featured painting Loading Docks.
2014   The Artist's Magazine, December 2014
2014   Independent Tribune, January 21, 2014, 'Human Nature' exhibit showcases 13 Southern artists, and featured painting
Jacob in Winter
2014   Carolina Arts, January 2014, Jacob in Winter painting featured on cover, article pgs 22, 24.
2014   Lake Norman Currents, January 2014, Letter from the Editor, page 8; Lori's Larks - The Artist's Way, page 80.
2010   September 2010, American Art Collector magazine, Landscape Art Today, pages 102-103
2009   September 2009 article in The Charlotte Observer's University City Magazine, 'The Arts Issue - 7 Artists Shaping Our Community',
page 30, "Capturing Nature".
2008   English Pointer painting featured in January/February 2008 Garden & Gun Magazine in the article "Good Dog".
2007   Work—including Harvesting; Nellysford, Virginia; and Goose Creek, Virginia—reviewed for the Featured Artist of the Week article
for September 5, 2007, on the EmptyEasel.com Blog.
2007   Winter's Walk, Paris, VA, published on the January 2007 cover of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

COLLECTIONS

Community Bank of Tri-County, King George, VA
Community Bank of Tri-County, Leonardtown, MD
Systems and Computer Technology, Philadelphia, PA
Centennial Street Salon, La Plata, MD
Various Private Collections throughout: AZ, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, Canada

AFFILIATIONS

2016-Present   Oil Painters of America
2014-Present   Portrait Society of America
2013-Present   Clearwater Artist Coalition, Concord, NC
2010-Present   Campagna Society of Artists, Concord, NC
2009-Present   North Carolina Plein Air Painters
2009-2012       Charlotte ARTery
2009                 Fine Artists Marketing Salon, Charlotte, NC
2008-Present   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Association
2008-2013       Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC
2007-2011       Lake Norman Art League, Davidson, NC
2007-2009       Mooresville Artist Guild, Mooresville, NC
2005-2007       Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association


(download PDF of resume)