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Lived/Active: Connecticut/Louisiana      Known for: gestural, abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was submitted June 2004 by Ken Nahan, fine-art professional.

In 1983, Ken Kenan graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University.  In addition to his university education, Kenan traveled to Europe where he executed drawings and paintings under the guidance of his mentor and friend, Max Papart.  He also studied various printmaking techniques, executing lithographs at Atelier Grapholith in Paris, and with Pierre Chave in Vence, France.  He also created etchings with Robert Dutrou, master printer for important artists including Joan Miro.

The works of artist Ken Kenan reflect his fascination with a stream of consciousness process of creation.  Although his techniques are varied, he often begins with no pre-conceived ideas regarding the meaning or direction of a particular work.  From a few initial gestures, the works unfold as Kenan responds and builds his compositions.

With influences ranging from primitive and pre-Colombian art, to such modern masters as Calder, Picasso, Klee, Tobey, Matisse, Tamayo, and Miro, Kenan creates work intended to embody an aura of mystery and lyricism within simple aesthetic constructs.

In 1990, Kenan's work was accepted into the ARCO collection. The following year, he returned from a one-year sojourn in Paris, where he developed a new mixed media painting technique and staged his first solo exhibition in Europe. Kenan is also recognized in American References' American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries, in Louisiana Artists' Pages, a limited edition art book published by the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, and in The International Catalog of Contemporary Art, published by Artsearch.

The artist currently resides in Connecticut.

Exhibitions include International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland; Art/AIDS Benefit, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR; Jewish Community Center, New Orleans, LA; Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA

"Art to the Avenue '06," Greenwich Arts Council

"Crossing Boundaries," Juried Exhibition, Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY, awarded Best in Show

"Reflections of Summer," group exhibition, The University of Connecticut at Stamford, Connecticut

Member Show 2006, Westport Arts Center, Westport, Connecticut

New York International Art Festival (NYIAF), Opening Night exhibition at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF), New York, NY

Curator for "Excursions," An exhibition of works by Herm Freeman, Thomas Hamann, Kim Hanna and Phil Demise Smith, Western CT State University, Danbury, CT

Westport Arts Center, "Eye for the Abstract", Group Exhibition, Westport, CT

Westchester Art Workshop, "Small Works in Conversation", Juried Exhibition,

White Plains, NY, Juror: Livia Straus, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Western CT State University, Solo Exhibition, Danbury, CT

Ken Kenan The Studio, Armonk, NY, "Winter Solstice IV: Standards & Shifts in Contemporary Art", Group exhibition held in conjunction with the Westchester Arts Council at The Grand Banking Room at the Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY

Fine art curator for "The Festive Home," Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
A PARTY for Pets' Sake to benefit ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

van der Plas Gallery, "Group Du Jour," Group exhibition, New York, NY
Fattahi Fine Arts, Solo Exhibition, Stamford, CT

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
Westport Arts Center, Westport CT
University of Connecticut, Art Selection Committee, Stamford, CT
Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT

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