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Robert G. McKeown - Biography of Artist & Woodworker

r-g-m-wall-clock.jpgRobert McKeown's pieces remain among the finest examples of quality American craftsmanship and design. His work was exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the American Craft Museum in New York City, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pennsylvania and the Yamaha Corporation American Craft Exhibit (1979-1980, Japan). He was a representative to the World Crafts Council Conference in Vienna in 1980. His talented career was cut short by his untimely death in 1989 at the age of 58.

 
 
At left is the Pendulum Wall Clock.
 
 
 
 
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Tellurian jewelry box with sliding tray inside.
 
 
 
 
 
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Photo of Robert McKeown circa 1984.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Phase Three hinged jewelry box and inside photo showing his trademark wooden hinges.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hinges appear to be made of wood - all metal parts have been hidden.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Long Red Pyramid box and Lyrical Blue box.
 
 
 
 
 
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Bubble Box and Altar Box.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Box tops in process for the Fire Flower and Orchestration boxes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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An example of McKeown's jewelry from 1974. Sterling silver necklace with turquoise and carnelian gemstones and woven embroidery floss neck cords (neck cord woven by daughter Kyle).
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 12-sided cabin he built in the forests of Humboldt County in Northern California. (Shown mid project.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Large daisy earrings circa 1968 made of wood and resin based on his 7-year-old daughter Kyle's design.
 
 
 
 
 

To Purchase or Resell

On occasion, Robert McKeown's pieces become available for sale online at ObjectsUSA. Contact Dave Hampton for more information regarding current valuations.

Care & Maintenance

Wood items were originally sanded with Watco Danish Oil but may be cleaned or maintained with a linseed oil finish.


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