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Keith Doles - Artist Bio and CV

My range of work includes painting, graphic design and wood sculpture. I'm a Jacksonville native who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design in 2001. During that time, my paintings were displayed at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum in Jacksonville and later at The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For two years, I've worked as an illustrator for an aspiring children's book author and had a pen and ink drawing published in Impact Press magazine in 2002.

In 2005, I earned a Masters degree from Webster University where I learned how to finance my painting commissions and graphic design projects. It didn't help me land a job in the corporate world, but it was useful when I began painting portraits for professional athletes, friends, and family members. My left wrist injury and surgery later that year led to a revival of my childhood painting style which consisted of wild, vivid colors, and vigorous brushstrokes. My influences include Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. Commissioned studio work comes every now and then, but I found time to paint 'en plein air'. I've also taken an economical and environmental approach to creating art by using discarded wood and metal to produce abstract sculptures of the human form. My statues are generally held together by either screws, glue or thin aluminum rods which act as a skeleton to hold the joints in place.

From 2006 to 2012, I produced commercial art for web designers and small businesses from Florida to Wisconsin. Projects included prototype drawings, logos and illustrations for children's books and magazines. In recent years, I taught a series of graphic design courses, fine art workshops, painting demonstrations, and artist talks for various schools and art organizations. In 2015, I was a part-time fine arts instructor at the University of North Florida where I taught several painting and drawing courses in the Continuing Education Department for five years. In 2016, I became a resident artist at the CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville.

My work is represented by Grand Image in Seattle, Washington and The Vault at 1930 in Jacksonville's San Marco district. I have been featured in several regional art exhibits and participated in youth art outreach activities in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Some of my paintings were published in three consecutive international art calendars (2008, 2009 and 2010). In 2013, I was given the honor of Featured Artist at the semi-annual A Brush With Nature, a premier outdoor painting event fundraiser for the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. I am building my mural portfolio with projects for public places, interior designers, and collaborating with other artists. My work can be found in private collections and public institutions.


2005: MA, Business; Webster University, St. Louis, MO
2001: BFA, Graphic Design; University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Solo Exhibitions

2018: Infrastructure (JCA Vandroff Art Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2015: Street Series Retrospective (FSCJ North Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2015: An Artist's Point of View (FSCJ Kent Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2014: Haskell Gallery, Jacksonville International Airport (Jacksonville, FL)
2013: JAX Chamber Headquarters (Jacksonville, FL)
2012: Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2012: Street Series IV (RS&H Architects, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Metropolis (Avondale Artworks, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Street Series IV (Perdue Office Interiors, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Street Series IV (Florida Bank, Jacksonville, FL)
2008: Graphic Art & Paintings Too (FCCJ North Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2008: First Impressions (FCCJ Kent Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2007: Beaches Fine Art Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2004: Street Scenes Collection and The Seasons, (Modis Building, Jacksonville, FL)

Duet Exhibitions

2019: Abstract with visual artist Princess Rashid; Gallery 1037, Jacksonville, FL
2017: Life Under Construction with Princess Rashid; Yellow House, Jacksonville, FL
2010: MOCA Jacksonville LAB Gallery with Princess Rashid; Jacksonville, FL
2010: JAXPORT Corporate Headquarters exhibit with textile artist Billie McCray, Jacksonville, FL
2006: Jacksonville International Airport exhibit with Carolyn Schlam

Notable Group Exhibitions

2021: Color Theory, An Explanation of Pigments (LeMoyne Arts Center, Tallahassee, FL)
2020: Sit In, Stand Up: A Poster Collection (Yellow House, Jacksonville, FL)
2020: Through The Lens (Haskell Gallery at JIA, Jacksonville, FL)
2020: Arboretum (Word Revolt Art Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL)
2019: Perceptions of Poverty (Jacksonville Main Public Library, Jacksonville, FL)
2017: Mind, Body, Soul (FSCJ Downtown Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2016: Pass The Torch (J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL)
2012: Wilderness: Experiencing Sacred Lostness (Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL)
2010: What is Art? (Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL)
2001: Through Our Eyes (Ritz Theatre and Museum, Jacksonville, FL)

Permanent Art Installations/Public Collections

2020: Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (Jacksonville, FL)
2019: Douglas Center for Caring at Baptist Medical Center Downtown (Jacksonville, FL)
2018: Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center (Jacksonville, FL)
2016: Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
2015: Baptist Medical Center South (Jacksonville, FL)
2014: Zimmer Biomet Headquarters (Jacksonville, FL)
2013: University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library (Jacksonville, FL)
2001: University of North Florida J.J. Daniel Hall (Jacksonville, FL)

Public Art Projects

2021: Willow Branch Park basketball court mural, 'The Pond' (Jacksonville, FL)
2020: Crabtree Park basketball court murals, 'Adrenaline' and 'Titan' (Jacksonville, FL)
2020: AIDS Memorial Project of Northeast Florida Willow Branch Park bridge mural, 'Serenity' (Jacksonville, FL)


2019: First Coast Plein Air Painters 'Light In The Landscape Juried Exhibition' Honorable Mention
2016: The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida 'Pass The Torch', Artist Honoree
2013: 'A Brush With Nature' Plein Air Invitational Featured Artist
2011: St. Augustine Art Association 'Fall Members In Miniatures Exhibit' Honorable Mention
2011: The Art Center Cooperative Gallery 'City Sounds Juried Exhibit' Second Place
2001: University of North Florida Foundation Permanent Art Collection Award
2000: Florida Community College at Jacksonville 3D Design Excellence Award

Volunteer/Outreach Activities

2021: Abstract Plein Air Workshop at MOCA Jacksonville and James Weldon Johnson Park (Jacksonville, FL)
2021: Abstract Landscape Painting Workshop at The Art Center Union Studios (Jacksonville, FL)
2021: Art In Public Places Committee (Jacksonville, FL)
2020: Edward Waters College Black History Month Exhibition (Jacksonville, FL)
2020: Abstract Plein Air Landscape painting workshop at Castaway Island Preserve (Jacksonville, FL)
2019: Jax Makerspace/Main Library Veteran's Appreciation collage workshop (Jacksonville, FL)
2019: Art Guild of Orange Park mixed media workshop, artist talk and painting demonstration (Orange Park, FL)
2018: Jewish Community Alliance artist talk (Jacksonville, FL)
2018: Yellow House Be The Art Youth Camp artist talk and CoRK studio tour (Jacksonville, FL)
2018: Boy Scout Troop #304 of Jacksonville artist talk and CoRK studio tour (Jacksonville, FL)
2018: Pine Forest School of The Arts Festival artist talk (Jacksonville, FL)
2017: Yellow House artist talk and CoRK studio tour (Jacksonville, FL)
2015-2016: Ritz Theatre & Museum Through Our Eyes portfolio and mixed media workshops (Jacksonville, FL)
2015: A Brush with Nature, A Plein Air Event Ad Sales Coordinator (Jacksonville, FL)
2012-2013: A Brush with Nature, A Plein Air Invitational event materials committee (Jacksonville, FL)
2011-2012: Served as Vice-President and Board Member of The Art Center Cooperative Gallery (Jacksonville, FL)
2010: Head Start center mural with The Art Center Cooperative Gallery and HandsOn Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
2009: Lofton Creek Counseling Center mural (Nassau County, FL)
2008: Tobacco-Free Jacksonville mural @ City Kids Art Factory (Jacksonville, FL)
2007-2010: Annual World of Arts Day workshop @ San Jose Elementary (Jacksonville, FL)


2020: A Stunning Statement of Resurrection; Resident Community News, September 4, 2020
2020: House Call with Keith Doles; Yellow House, May 22, 2020
2018: Color, Texture and Emotion: Keith Doles' new works tackle Abstract Expressionism; Folio Weekly, November 28, 2018
2018: A Conversation with Keith Doles; Yellow House, February 10, 2018
2017: Life Under Construction; BUZZ Magazine, August 4, 2017
2016: North Jax Artist - Life on Canvas; North Jax Monthly, August 2016, Vol. 12, Issue 8, pgs 7 and 12
2010: Cultural Revolution: Painter Keith Doles works in vibrant color and active compassion; Folio Weekly, Nov. 16 - 22, 2010
2010: Keith Doles: truth in expression; FlaVlour Magazine, Summer 2010
2008: Hometown artist has heart, soul in exhibit; The Florida Times-Union, November 8, 2008

Documentaries/ Short Videos

2021: Black History Creators: Keith Doles; Yellow House, February 19, 2021
2021: Vivid Hues: The Father of Black History; Keitha Nelson, First Coast News WTLV-WJXX, February 16, 2021


2021: Artists Transform Local Basketball Courts; The Florida Times-Union, October 16, 2021
2021: Guardian Angels add second mural to Willow Branch Park; Resident Community News, September 15, 2021
2020: AIDS Memorial Mural Unveiled at Willow Branch Park;, October 5, 2020
2020: Councilwoman spearheads playground improvements in district; Resident Community News, October 30, 2020
2017: Art and the Complexities of Recovery; Yellow House, December 2017
2017: Group HEALING Under the Roof of Yellow House; A review of the show Life Under Construction Folio Weekly, Nov. 27, 2017
2015: The Ritz's Through Our Eyes Offers Deep Artistic Perspectives; Folio Weekly, February 18, 2015
2013: Arts Unleashed; BUZZ Magazine, October 2013, Vol. 8, Issue 10
2012: The Art of Giving, Holiday Guide 2012; Folio Weekly, November 13 - 19, 2012
2011: Seasons and Conservation in our Coastal Region - 9 Artists: 24 Images; The Florida Times-Union, June 1, 2011
2007: Acclaimed musicians in new trio play at Fine Arts Series; The Florida Times-Union, October 2007

Art Affiliations

2016-2020: First Coast Plein Air Painters
2009-2013: The Art Center Cooperative
2007-2015: St. Augustine Art Association
2004-2008: Jacksonville Consortium of African American Artists
2002-2007: Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg
1999-2002: AIGA Jacksonville