Keister was born January 2, 1886 in Germantown, Ohio. His artistic
training was primarily at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a
member of the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago and (later in
life) of the Laguna Beach Art Association in California. His early
painting career was apparently spent in Chicago and the Upper Midwest
as his work was well known in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota.
moved south to Texas in the late '30s or early 40's and established
the Roy C. Keister School of Art following the war. He lived in
California for some period during the 60's and 70's and died in
Whitehouse, Texas in December of 1983.
was a prolific calendar artist and illustrator, particularly of
wildlife and hunting/fishing scenes. He also painted extensively
throughout the Southwest, both in the landscape and genre categories.
He received numerous awards and public commissions during his long
career, including two international awards from the Madonna Festival
at Los Angeles.
current work on offer was completed prior to the early 60's when
it was purchased from a Santa Fe gallery by the present owner. The
work is evocative of Carl Moon's work on the same general subject
but is far superior in drawing, color and overall technique.
"Untitled (Navajo Weaver)," oil on canvas, 24" x
30", $ 10,000
Additional works available, please enquire