9 May 2019

Keen on Keelan café art

| Emma Batchelor

If you’ve noticed a striking mural or piece of eye-catching digital art while enjoying your morning coffee or after-work cocktail, chances are it is the work of local artist, Lexi Keelan. With her artwork now in four Canberra locales in only her first year of business, she has been very busy building a reputation for herself.

The local artist initially started out studying architecture, but after hearing about a course in game design she switched to an Advanced Diploma in Professional Game Development, specialising in art, at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE). “It was the first time I had ever learned about creating digital art. Studying at the AIE was one of the best experiences I’ve had and it gave me a lot of new skills and knowledge that I now use in my art every day.”

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.50.05 PMWhile the majority of Keelan’s art is created digitally, she still enjoys mediums such as painting, water-colour and ink. It is this more traditional skill set that has earned her commissions painting murals in local cafes 332 Manhattan in the city, Chatterbox Espresso Bar in Belconnen and Blackfire in Braddon.

Her digital art however is just as in demand and can be found hanging in Chatterbox and newly opened cocktail bar 54 Benjamin in Belconnen. As well as murals, smaller commissions make up a large portion of her growing business. “Commissions are one of my favourite things to create! I spend most of my business time filling commission orders. I also participate in art challenges to help maintain and improve my skills and stay inspired.”

Keelan has achieved much in only the first year of her art business. “My business has already grown more than I had imagined! I’m thrilled to have my art in four local cafes and restaurants and in many different homes around the country.” She hopes to start a YouTube channel with progress videos, speedpaints and tutorials and she is also working on a new game project in her spare time, details of which will be revealed on her social media as she progresses.

“It’s been really great getting my work out there and seeing that others enjoy it also.” With its bright colour palette and often whimsical subject matter it’s hard not to enjoy Keelan’s art and there is no doubt, Canberrans will be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

Checkout Lexi Keelan’s art while enjoying coffee or a meal at 332 Manhattan, Chatterbox Espresso Bar, BlackFire and 54 Benjamin, or check out her website and social media below:


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