Ken Kewley: Collages, Drawings and Paintings

Thursday, September 04, 2014, 08:00 AM to Thursday 25, 05:00 PM

Art exhibit and gallery opening in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery in TU's Phillips Hall

kewleyA collection of Ken Kewley's collages, drawings and paintings will be on display September 4th through 25th.

The Opening reception is on Thursday, September 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Ken Kewley describes his own approach as one that has “no color theory, only love of color.” Kewley makes small-format paintings and collages using a style of abstracted representation that reduces the subjects’ forms into planes of color. For works on canvas, he applies paint in broad strokes using a palette knife; in his collages, he cuts various shapes of solid colors from magazine pages to be used for mosaic-like compositions. Kewley’s work in both mediums is informed by the history and traditions of painting, and many of his works pay tribute to his influences through re-interpretation.

An Artist Statement: "I make some shapes either in two or three dimensions and then adjust them until together they excite. There seems to be no end to the ways things can be adjusted; in shape, size, color, value, and texture, and/or turned around or turned over. I find that whatever is true, most times, the opposite is also true. This makes things easy and it make things hard. At least enough to fill a lifetime."

Ken Kewley was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1953. Graduated from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In New York City, he was a night watchman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1980-1990. Started working with collage in 1993. Continues to work with paint and collage and recently painted corrugated cardboard. Kewley has had recent exhibitions at Hendrix Collage in Arkansas, Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C., and at Rothschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been a visiting artist in places from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith to the Jerusalem Studio School and its Italian Summer Program.

Student workshops are planned for Friday, Sept 5th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops are closed to the public.

Lora Hodge