“And in to the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”.

Artwork

Byron Keith Byrd

STATEMENT

I am fascinated by life, death, and the implications which religion may bring to the mix. Whether an individual believes in God, Allah, Buddha, a Higher Power, Jesus, or Zeus I am amazed at the level of conviction applied to ones’ life as a result of these spiritual aspirations. Sadly, these varied viewpoints have caused more death and destruction to humankind than any other single travesty throughout history and it is hardly improving today. I am most entertained by how varied individuals, of any particular faith, are so unabashedly ‘convinced’ that theirs is the true, ultimate, divine, or ‘correct’ path to salvation. My art is intended to use humor and irreverence to challenge stubbornly held religious beliefs.

BIO
Byron Keith Byrd was born on a 500 acre farm in north Georgia. While a student at La Fayette High school, he took private art lessons and served as president of the Art Club. He then obtained a BA degree in Fine Art from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City and had his debut show on Madison Avenue within one year.

While his art may be found in various public and private collections around the world, he is also the author of several illustrated books by Rizzoli International Publications and has lectured for The National Arts Club in Manhattan. Byron divides his time between New York City and Miami Beach.

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