Red Barns in Wine Country
Oil On Canvas
20 x 42 inches
Ken Christensen is a classic on-site landscape painter keeping the bold tradition of the Post Impressionists and the Fauves. He strives to glorify the mundane and shows the beauty that surrounds us. Exaggerating colors and simplifying forms helps give the viewer the shock to see things with fresh eyes. Christensen’s paintings are rich in thick paint which gives them the allure of an art object solid in construction exuding confidence and a personal take on reality.
Christensen attended the University of Manchester in England, and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1980 the artist moved to London and the following year to Paris where he worked as a copyist at the Louvre. He had solo exhibitions and worked as a book illustrator, including executing his own book of watercolors entitled St Tropez: Croquis et Notes de Voyage. After living and working in San Sebastian, Spain and Hyeres, France the artist returned to the U.S. He continued to have solo and group exhibitions and also founded the group, “The New Fauves”, a group of like-minded artists united in their love of the French Fauves of the debut of the 20th century. He has been featured on the covers of Traverse Magazine and Daniel Smith Catalog.