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Lived/Active: California/Nebraska      Known for: abstract urban landscape painting

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Solo Exhibitions:
2006 The Urban Series, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (scheduled)
2005 Urban, Penn College (Pennsylvania College of Technology), Williamsport
Relatives Truths, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (three-person)
2000 Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California
Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
1998 Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
1997 The Urban Series, Riverside Art Museum, California
1996 In Collaboration, Akron, Ohio
1995 Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
1994 Contemporary Urban Still Life, In Collaboration, Santa Monica
Napa Valley College, Napa, California
1993 Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco
1992 Desert Ruins/Road Relics, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Ventura College, Ventura, California
Shaklee Corporation, San Francisco
1991 Desert Ruins/Road Relics, University of California, Riverside
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
1989 The Urban Series, Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon, Illinois/
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
Infrastructure, Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, California
1987 Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
1987 Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
1986 Stanford University, California

Doherty, M. Stephen. "Using Water-Based Opaque Paints." Watercolor 88, 1988, 66-74. (2 color repro.)
"Using Water-Based Opaque Paints."Watercolor Highlights, Summer 1993, 120-129. (2 color repro.)
Moehl, Karl. Review. New Art Examiner, (Chicago), January 1990, 47. (repro.)

Museum Collections:
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Fisher Art Gallery, University of Southern Californa, Los Angeles, California
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois 61614
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Museum Villa Haiss Zell a.H., Germany
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
Sioux City Art Center, Iowa
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
Today Art Museum, Building 4, 32 Baiziwan Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing
University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Kirk Pedersen, living in Los Angeles, California is a painter of botanical, urban and rural subjects in both photo real and abstract styles. In a 1987 exhibition publication, Pedersen's studio was described as being "in a narrow concrete building across the street from the main line of the Union Pacific". The visitor, Donald Bartlett Doe, wrote that the artist does not work from photographs or sketches but begins by placing paper "on the cracked concrete floor of his studio. Onto the paper, from various heights, he pours and splatters paint, which disperses across the paper in a manner in part dictated by chance."

Then, once dried, Pedersen attaches the paper to a wall and with brush in hand creates an image that emerges both from pre-design and chance. "Out of this exploration comes his landscapes, fragments of the urban world which have been eroded by conditions natural to a city.  The concrete curbing is cracked, paint on pavement is worn by weather and traffic; occasionally, intrusions of the natural world appear: water pools in a street, grass penetrates concrete."

Pedersen earned a B.A. degree from Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska in 1982 and an M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1985.  He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe in 1981.

Gallery exhibition venues include Houston, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Corporate/Business Collectors of work by the artist are the Central Bank, U.S. West and the Kaiser Foundation of Denver, Colorado; VISA International of San Mateo, California; Grubb Ellis of Tucson, Arizona; Doric Development of Alameda, California; Shell Oil of Houston, Texas; and Southwestern Life Insurance of Dallas, Texas.

Kirk Pedersen, 1987 exhibition catalogue with Introduction by Donald Bartlett Doe, Director of Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Courtesy, Linda Sorensen, Berkeley, California.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Kirk Pedersen is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work is at once expansive and detailed, revealing and poetic. Traveling to cities such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur to capture what he calls "Urban Asia," Pedersen examines the seemingly ordinary stuff of life?sidewalks, curbs, markets, alleys?and, through his eye for synchronicity, reveals new truths about the world around us.

Kirk Pedersen received his MA from San Francisco State University and his MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. He has exhibited extensively at major galleries, art fairs, and museums throughout the United States. Internationally, Pedersen's works have been featured in Germany, Switzerland, and China, including the Today Art Museum, Beijing and the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Since 1997, he has served as professor of painting and drawing at the Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

"About Kirk Pedersen," The Asia Society,

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