Keith J. Hampton got his start in commercial art in 1977 at the age of 18, working in publishing, first at The Saturday Evening Post company and for two years at ICP as the company's magazine cover artist, creating cover illustrations for four quarterlies. At 25, he made his foray into marketing and advertising.
In 1995, he opened it'sALLart, a graphic design and fine art firm. He stopped accepting advertising and design projects in December of 2017 to concentrate solely on painting and sculpting.
Largely self-taught, Keith's hand has always been in the fine art world, showing at the IMA consignment gallery (1982, 1983) and at several regional art fairs (1995 thru 1999). His focus was crystallized further in 2001 with his first solo show of paintings in Fountain Square. In 2003 he opened the it'sALLart gallery. Two popular solo exhibitions showing that year helped his art become better known in the region. He later began to show with better success in regional galleries including Closson's (Cincinnati), Ashwood Artisans (New York), Woodburn and Westcott (Indianapolis), Sullivan Munce (Zionsville), Gallery 930 (Louisville) and in Carmel, with his "Feather & Brush" 2009 solo show. He has also shown his work in two other Carmel galleries and at other retail locations in the Indy area.
Hampton's work is purposely eclectic and embody many art types, including realism, surrealism, impressionism, cubism, abstract expressionism. Hampton knowingly rejects the widely-accepted academic norm of steady progression in one flavor and pursues a multi-faceted approach which - while not popular with some - remains favorable with many others.
In 2009, he began working in 3D, producing sculptures for "Feather & Brush" in various materials, including wood, steel, plastic and fabric. In 2010 he created a life sized "Yeti" sculpture which won first place at KIBI and sold a day later.
In 2011, he created 20 realistic, mini house sculptures in ceramic for his "House Works" show. In 2015, he created new abstract sculptures featuring a curvilinear style, along with several vases featuring abstract images on one side, rendered in multi-color glazes.
For his "Automaticae" solo show in 2017, he created an over-sized hanging sculpture, "Three Levels of Consciousness," and three large concrete sculptures, "The Goddesses of Pangea," along with other abstract tabletop sculptures in concrete and ceramic.
After 22 years, in 2017 Hampton announced his retirement from graphic design and closed his design business. He continues to paint and sculpt while living on a jointly-owned southern Indiana estate.