Young Artist Shares Insights Into Art And Life
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY
When it comes to art
Keagan Bond doesn’t mind sharing “secrets.”
possible,” the thirteen-year-old artist tells me. “Never give up.”
He guides me around
the ROTA Gallery during the opening reception for his solo exhibit. With each work he explains how it was
The tour demonstrates
his talent in a variety of media: pen and ink, melting beads, painted egg
A number of his works
feature superheroes. His favorites? He listed Spider-Man, Batman, The Hulk,
Captain America, Green Lantern, Thor and Iron Man.
Why does he like
superheroes so much?
“They’re cool,” he
Speaking of cool the
catering table features Keagan’s favorite foods: Hershey candy bars, York
Peppermint Patties, and pizza.
|Artist Keagan Bond (right) discusses his work with some patrons at the opening reception for his solo exhibit at ROTA Gallery.|
On one wall is
arrayed an installation of cartoons and text.
The autobiographical “Diary of an Autism Kid” illustrates key events in
his life, adapted from Jeff Kinney’s series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
His execution and
detail is impressive. How does he create
He shares another
“secret.” He sees an object or scene in
real life and his memory records it in detail.
Keagan even retains
details from his dreams. He explains
how he dreamed of a go-cart constructed out of candy including gumdrops. After he woke up he could still perfectly
envision the imaginary go-cart, drawing it exactly as seen in his dream.
His private art
instructor, Jeff Woodard, relates how one time he asked Keagan to expand a
small image to fill up a wall. Working
with his photographic memory Keagan enlarged to image to fit the space with
proper proportions while not using special references, a natural talent.
Jeff was been working
with Keagan to develop his talent. As an
instructor he lets Keagan keep his individualistic style while introducing him
to different media.
Jeff adds that Keagan
strives for the best, sticking with a project until it’s just right.
When I leave the
reception Keagan reminds me of his key secret:
possible. Never give up.”