Collection International Collage Center
Gift of the artist
About Ken Kewley
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. Examples include Still Life After Braque (2003), Sonia (After Derain) (2001-5) and Judith with the Head of Holofernes (after Giorgione) (2005); he also made a suite of collages after paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
American , b. 1953, Battle Creek, Michigan, based in New York, New York