Charles B. Keeler Biography

Charles B. Keeler




Charles Butler Keeler was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 2, 1882. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Harvard in 1905 and continued his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. While in Chicago he studied printmaking with Bertha Jaques and B.].O. Nordfeldt. He won an honorable mention for his aquatints at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

In 1909 he traveled through Europe - England, France, Germany and especially Spain where he spent time in Ronda, traveling and recording the mountains and town of the region. In 1918 he enlisted in the service at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

Keeler moved to Los Angeles where he was one of a small group of artists working in pure aquatint in the 1920s and 1930's in Southern California. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Print Makers Society of California. His prints were selected for "Fifty Prints of the Year 1927" and "Fine Prints of the Year 1929'. His work is represented in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress.

Charles Keeler died in Los Angeles on January 19, 1964.