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I grew up in Mt. Vernon NY and have been involved in the arts since I was very young in grammar school. My father influenced me as a child to appreciate painting and drawing. In the Painting Medium, I work in Oils, Acrylics, Watercolor, Markers and Mixed Media. I have also worked in Ceramics, Mosaics, and Sculpture. My influences have been many -- primarily the 19th Century artists, specifically Manet, Monet, and Degas. My American influences have been the Ashcan painters: Edward Hopper's work has been a big inspiration for me since, in addition to my still life paintings, I'm also a plein-air painter working landscapes and cityscapes.

 

I am intrigued by light, color, texture, form and composition. These I believe make a good painting. Several of my paintings are in the collection of the New York City Fire Museum. My work is also in numerous private, as well as, international collections. I taught still life painting in my studio at Union Square and landscape painting in Central Park. I have also taught painting at the National Academy School in New York city. I was in a group show at the Broome Street Gallery, juried by Stephen Doherty of American Artist magazine.

 

Some of the galleries I have shown at are listed here: The National Arts Club, Gramercy Art Show, Audubon Artists Annual, The Edward Rubenstein Gallery at the Educational Alliance, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, The Venezulate Consulate Gallery, The Salmagundi Club, Federal Hall in Manhattan, St Francis College Gallery and the Cedar Tavern. I'm a member of Audubon Artists and CoGap (Coast Guard Artists) headquartered in Washington DC where I have a painting in the collection at the Pentagon.

KEN McCONNEY

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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. ~ Oscar Wilde

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