Paul Keene Treasures

Contributor: Bucks County Community College     Published: Jan 30, 2014

Paul F. Keene, Jr. was a painter whose vibrantly colorful work told stories about the African American community in Philadelphia as well as personal anecdotes. Keene explored the symbolism of African American life and culture in his paintings. He created new icons of black urban life with his portraits of jazz musicians and documentation of the movement and vitality present in city life. Keene also taught painting and drawing at the Bucks County Community College from 1968 to 1985, serving as the Art Department Chairperson for three years. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. PAINTER BORN: August 24, 1920, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania DIED: November 26, 2009, Warrington, Pennsylvania