English artist Tobias Keene will open his first gallery show in six years on April 14, 2012. Now living in Los Angeles, Keene's work explores themes of beauty and pleasure. He's also interested in ceremony, and toys with the ideas behind them to strip away the pageantry and reveal pure emotion. Keene's paintings, which are at times quite sad, are designed to provoke and force a questioning eye.

Black Is The Beauty Of the Brightest Day opens April 14 and runs through May 12, 2012. 

Fun fact: Keene is the son of renowned English portrait painter Alfred Keene.

LeBasse Projects, 6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA