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Michael Keane – 25th Anniversary



August 16, 2013

Quidley & Company Fine Art
26 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

Michael Keane Solo Exhibition

A Nantucket tradition, the annual summer exhibition of work by preeminent marine artist Michael Keane thrills collectors and sailors alike. This season marks the 25th anniversary of the artist exhibiting on Nantucket. With inspiration drawn from the sea, Keane’s work is a celebration of nature and of iconic sailing vessels in motion. Enthusiasts and collectors of world-class art eagerly await the unveiling of the marine master’s new paintings.

view available paintings here.

Nantucket Race Week has provided inspiration for many of Michael Keane’s paintings over the years, including the Opera House Cup Race, and the Rainbow Fleet.  As part of the 25th Anniversary celebration, the artist and Quidley & Company are giving thanks by giving a portion of proceeds from sales from the exhibition to benefit the youth sailing programs and scholarships of Nantucket Community Sailing.  Additional opportunities and discounts available to all NCS members.

  • Donate 20% of all print sales during the period of the exhibition to NCS

  • Donate 10% of all original purchases of those that are NCS members during period of exhibition

  • Will donate a Keane limited edition print to be raffled.  100% of proceeds to go to NCS

  • Will offer a 15% discount on all commissions to NCS members.  Have your favorite boat captured.

  • Free personalization on limited edition print purchases to NCS members

  • Go sailing with Michael Keane on his famous TRICK OR TREAT

  • Take a drawing lesson with Michael Keane




Michael Keane is a world-renowned marine artist. His works are considered to be pre-eminent in the genre. A fine arts painter for over a half-century, Keane’s works have been eagerly sought after by astute collectors for many years. His work is so admired and loved that rarely does a piece of it ever come up for resale. Production of Keane’s work remains limited, because of the time involved in their creation. Year after year, Keane’s work holds its value and steadily appreciates. His paintings remain a lynchpin for that elite group of art collectors who continue to eagerly seek his work.

Michael Keane served an eight year apprenticeship with a noted local landscape painter, Edward Harrigan- starting at the ripe old age of 8! From there, he served a four-year apprenticeship with noted marine artist Marshall W. Joyce. After that, he studied for four years -and then taught- portraiture and figure painting with Clemente Micarelli in his studio. Michael Keane majored in Visual Design at UMass, and afterward taught painting for 17 years. All the while, he continued his own personal fine arts career as a marine artist.

Mr. Keane’s fine artwork first achieved national status during the 1980’s, when his paintings were ‘discovered’ by several art collectors. He was soon catapulted into the limelight, and his painting subject and style subsequently became the benchmark for a whole following of marine artists. His work has achieved awards and international fame, and his rare skills have also warranted many feature magazine articles written about Mr. Keane and his work.

Michael Keane is also truly a Renaissance man, with many talents and interests. He is a skilled sailor. Michael also has the unique qualifications, depth and technical knowledge that was garnered from serving nearly seven years as a Marine Quality Assurance Inspector, while working alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping. He is also a vintage automotive enthusiast, and an historian, designer, builder and gardener. Michael is also proficient in computer graphics use, and personally does all of the pre-press and follow-up work necessary to produce the limited editions of select Michael Keane images. He is a person of quick wit and keen intellect, who keeps up on current affairs and who enjoys life and all that it brings.

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  1. Diane Lindenberger permalink
    October 11, 2013 11:05 PM

    Did Michael Keane ever live in Bermuda early in his career ? I could have sworn I saw one of his paintings in a gallery in Hamilton, Bermuda in the 1980’s

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