Joseph F. Keppler

Contributing editor Joseph F. Keppler.

Joseph F. Keppler is a multidisciplinary artist.  His media are steel, drawing, and creative critical writing. 




After his sculptor-brother, Robert A. Keppler died in 1992, ending their collaborations and fabrications, he acquired his welding certification through the Boiler Makers Union facility at South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus.  His present welding studio-shop, where he performs the gritty, industrial, sculptural processes, is located near the Ship Canal in Seattle.  He finishes sculptures in studios at his two West Seattle residences, which serve as his galleries. 


KIBO Galerie on Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South exhibited his steel work continuously with indigenous African Art until KIBO closed its doors some years ago.  Other sculptural exhibitions include three solo shows at Zeitgeist in Pioneer Square, the most recent being a two-month show in September and October 2014; one group show and two solo shows at Form-Space-Light Gallery in Fremont; a two-person, Autumn 2011 exhibition at the Rock/DeMent gallery in Pioneer Square; as well as other small solo and group shows in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada. 




Drawing is crucial to his sculpture and nourishes his thoughts and vision.  He draws from life and art.  He thoughtfully experiments with drawing.  For example, on a train ride across the continent from Seattle to Montreal he purposely drew with various media the passing scenes in order to study how differently landscape is perceived from a moving rather than a stationary perspective.  On other travels he used his laptop’s word-processing software to draw Correspondance (a sketchbook), a 2009 book about art and artists.  Recent published drawings and graphic art accompany his philosophical essay, Rewriting a Pre-Socratic Chorus/Remixing Verbal+Visual Lines. 




For several years he was both a freelance book reviewer for the Seattle Times, when that newspaper had a Sunday book section, and an audiobook reviewer for the American Library Association.  He has also been a free lance critic for many small art and literary publications.  Currently he is contributing editor for E·ratio, an internet arts journal from New York.  Among others in E·ratio are his following writings: Mallarmé Project, which examines the Seattle art exhibits and articles prompted by Stéphane Mallarmé’s A Throw of the Dice; Fall Collection from Seattle, which concerns art walks, poetry as paper sculpture, and his artist’s talk given in Vancouver, Canada; and Sparring in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds, which perseveres through several rounds with historical and philosophical heavyweights. 




His mother, Maria M. Nassauer was a young kindergarten teacher who survived the Allied bombing on Frankfurt, Germany, and his father, Joseph R. Keppler was a Corporal in the Public Relations Division in the United States Forces European Theater.  Joseph was born in Philadelphia on December 27, 1949 and grew up in its ghettoes with its various ethnic and racial divides.  He married Jane Bernadette Campbell on October 6, 1973 and has four children.  He emigrated with his young family to Seattle in 1979. 




He studied art, literature, and philosophy at Temple University, graduating in 1972.  Then his living art education began.  He studied and sculpted on his own and with his younger brother, Robert, who after graduating from UC San Diego moved to Seattle in part to work with him.  Travels throughout North America and Europe have broadened his skills and thinking.  He continues studying and practicing art, literature, and philosophy. 




He critically observes the art world locally and globally, historically and currently.  He works for an ideal community but without any real community.  Fame is fleeting and anonymity is in some ways a blessing.  He has no expectations but to sculpt, draw, and write. 


                                                     —Joseph F. Keppler







Rewriting A Presocratic Chorus / Remixing Verbal + Visual Lines .pdf

Sampling Text Threads Tied Together in Seattle (How Much Are People Ideas?) .pdf

Sparring in Seattle with Time, Space, Art, and Minds .pdf

Fall Collection from Seattle .pdf

The Mallarmé Project .pdf

Correspondance (a sketchbook) .pdf

3 poems with Joseph F. Keppler .pdf