"Ken Kewley: Collages, Drawings, and Paintings" at TU's Alexandre Hogue Gallery

Sep 4, 2014

On this edition of ST, we speak with artist Ken Kewley, who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has shown his work at many galleries, museums, and schools nationwide. "Ken Kewley: Collages, Drawings, and Paintings" is a new show that will be on display at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery (in Phillips Hall on the TU campus) from today, Thursday the 4th, through the 25th of this month. Indeed, there will be an opening reception for this show today -- from 5pm to 7pm -- at the Hogue Gallery. This reception will begin with an Artist's Talk and is free to the public. Kewley -- who's described his own approach to making art as deriving from "no color theory, only a love of color" -- makes small-format paintings and collages using a style of abstracted representation that reduces the subjects' forms into planes or shapes of color. The results can be quite striking, as this new exhibit at the Hogue Gallery affirms. And as we learn on today's show, part of the "artistic training" that Kewley (born 1953 in Michigan) experienced in his younger days included working for a decade as a night watchman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.