Keith Mallett was born in Pennsylvania, and received his formal art training at the Art Students League, and Hunter College in New York City. He has worked as a freelance artist and for fifteen years was the in-house artist for Frontline Art Publishers. Keith’s work is currently published by Canadian Art Prints, one of the largest fine art publishers in the world.
Keith was commissioned to design the official limited edition print commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historic breakthrough into major league baseball. His art was chosen to grace the cover of Chicken Soup for The African American Soul, the first Chicken Soup collection to deal exclusively with the African American experience. Both Franklin Mint and Lenox Collections have created collectibles of Keith’s most popular works. His artwork can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the world.
A feature article on Keith appeared in U.S. Art Magazine. Décor Magazine recently covered his work in an artist’s profile.
As an inherently curious artist Keith has worked in in a variety of mediums. He first learned oil painting under the tutelage of Sidney Dickenson, a student of William Merritt Chase; later he found working with acrylic paint better suited his nature. In recent years he has also worked as a ceramic artist, and printmaker. Keith enjoys creating aquatint etchings that he hand pulls on his etching press.
“I have always been intrigued by the art of etching, but I felt intimidated by the mechanical process, and the use of the chemicals that it involved. Once I overcame my initial trepidations I found etching to be the ideal way to graphically express my ideas. I love working on the cold metal plate, using grounds and acids to fashion a warm image. It is a real thrill to lift the paper from the inked plate and see the completed impression.
Creating art has always been a joyful experience in my life, and I feel blessed to be able to share that joy with others.”
A partial list of Keith's clients include: Random House, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Lenox Collections, Coats and Clarks, Franklin Mint, Hallmark Cards, New York Graphic Society, Springs Industries, United Treasures, Icon Shoes, Pure Country Weavers, Ne'Qwa Art, Sunsout Puzzles, and Canadian Art Prints.