NEW YORK, N.Y. — For the next year, Manhattan-based artist Keith Jensen will be leaving original artwork around the city and surrounding areas for community residents to stumble upon. Signs attached to the free art read, “If having this art will make your day better, then it’s yours.”
As a means of giving back to the community, Jensen has vowed to not sell any art for at least one year and to continually produce new, original pieces that can be found and taken home for free. Most pieces of art are painted on high quality, framed canvas.
“It’s time to make strangers’ day just a little better,” says Jensen. “For such a creative and light-hearted industry, art catches a stuffy stigma. Art should be about making people feel something when they see it on their wall – and what better feeling is there than getting something valuable for free? I just hope people only take the art home if seeing it daily will truly bring a smile to their face, not just because it’s free.”
To determine locations free art will be left, Jensen has started a Twitter account (@paintpenart). So far two pieces of artwork have been left in the downtown Manhattan area and were picked up within a minute. Jensen will leave clues and sneak peeks of the art via Twitter before dropping it off so that interested parties can get a head start.
“Let’s make art fun again,” says Jensen. “I’ll hide, you can go seek.”
Keith Jensen is a Manhattan-based artist and full-time creative director for a Florida health plan. Since 2004, Jensen has also been teaching night classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. In addition, he volunteers his time assisting with art classes for children living in homeless shelters around the city as part of the award-winning, nationally recognized New York City-based charity, Art Start.
Artwork, advertising, and photography by Keith Jensen can be found at http://www.clearlyk.com/