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Bill Keast

Painting, Booth 503

It probably isn't a good thing to live in the past but as I find the present fraught with increasing complexity, deepening stresses and seemingly ominous perils, political, environmental and social, I find retreating to the past comforting. The rural southern Ontario I grew up in is under attack by the forces of modern living. While progress is a good thing, it seems to be at the expense of the environment, the architecture and the sense of community of my childhood. My paintings are a modest attempt to maintain the past. With the use of bold colours and strong design elements I want to create images that are drop dead refreshing while possibly creating a quiet zone in these hectic lives we live.