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The Steve Keene Art Book




Hardcover, 265 pages
11.8 in. x 11.8 in.
29.972 cm. x 29.972 cm.

Steve Keene is the most prolific American painter of all time, producing more than 300,000 hand-painted works via his studio/chainlink fence cage where he paints more than 50 paintings at a time.

Known for his voluminous affordable art, as well as being the indie rock art collaborator to Pavement, The Apples in stereo, Will Oldham, and David Berman/Silver Jews, Keene has long been under appreciated. The Steve Keene Art Book*—originally conceived during his sold out show at Shepard Fairey's LA Gallery Subliminal Projects in 2016—is the first art book dedicated exclusively to his work. 

"A folk hero Warhol." —Shepard Fairey

“Steve Keene is a legend.” —LA Weekly 

“By some measures, Mr. Keene is one of the most successful artists in the world.” —NY Times

"Assembly-line Picasso; a painter churns out product, and the art world reels.” —Time 

“A massively dazzling celebration of fandom as an art form—playful, affectionate, slightly unhinged.” —Rolling Stone

“Whether they realize it or not, most rock fans of the past 20-odd years, especially indie rock fans, already know the work of artist Steve Keene.” —Variety

Steve Keene is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist who has showcased his work internationally. His unique focus includes hand-painted multiples, wood sculpture, and tattooed plywood.

Daniel Efram is a photojournalist, activist, and producer based in New York City. He has produced televised music concerts, documentary films, music videos, and other creative projects. As an artist manager, he has represented The Apples in stereo for over 20 years. His photography has been published in the NY Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Pitchfork, and many others. His first art book, Curiosities, is now available exclusively via Hat & Beard Press.


Art Direction by Henry Owings, Chunklet Industries
Edited by Gail O’Hara
Additional Editing by Michael Azerrad & Karen Loew
With essays by Hilarie Bratset, Sam Brumbaugh, Elle Chang, Daniel Efram, Shepard Fairey, Karen Loew, Ryan McGinness, Christina Zafiris

*The Steve Keene Art Book is co-published by Tractor Beam and has been made possible through a crowdfunding campaign that included hundreds of supporters from all over the world who contributed pieces from their own personal collections. 


Special options available with  The Steve Keene Art Book, while supplies last:

Option 1
The Steve Keene Art Book with limited-edition, signed-and-numbered card
$125.00  [SOLD OUT]

Option 2 [SOLD OUT]
The Steve Keene Art Book with 12''x12" or 8"x12" piece of randomly selected Steve Keene art (signed, hand-painted multiple on 3/8" plywood)*

Option 3 [SOLD OUT]
• The Steve Keene Art Book with limited-edition, signed-and-numbered card and 2'x2' Steve Keene art piece (signed, randomly selected hand-painted multiple on 3/8" plywood)*

*Quantities are limited. Sizes are approximate. 


—Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth

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