Works in the Collection
Paul Keene was born in 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Keene trained at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and the Tyler School of Art. Keene then used the GI Bill to study at the Academie Julian in Paris. While there, he helped found Gallerie 8, a gallery for American artists working in Paris. After a brief sojourn in Haiti, teaching and nurturing a nascent art scene in the early 1950’s, Keene returned to Philadelphia College of Art and Bucks County Community College for more than thirty years. His work can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, British Museum in London, England, the Nigerian National Museum, and many others more. The artist died in 2009 in Warrington, Pennsylvania.