BIOGRAPHY

KEN ELLIOT

Ken Elliott works in a variety of media, including oils, pastels, monotypes, etchings, and collages. His work is in many public and private collections in the U.S. and throughout the world. Some of his landscape paintings and pastels are reproduced as dramatic giclee prints.

THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"My involvement in the art business has now spanned over 40 years. I began as a picture framer, then worked alongside an art restorer, became an art dealer, and about 25 years ago, began to draw and paint. In my career, I’ve been fortunate to have seen remarkably good works of art and met some of the best painters in the field. My focus is the landscape and its rich store of ideas and inspiration. I am compelled to work from the trees, skies, lakes and streams in their endless variations. I don’t try to recreate nature (even Monet said he never got it right) or attempt storytelling. Instead, the works are simplifications and exaggerations of nature. There was a time when I felt the tyranny of the landscape. That is, I felt limited by making pictures of a place. Now, instead of making pictures, I am free to make paintings - art that comes from nature but is far more reliant on the strategies of making good art objects. Fortunately, I’ve learned that what some would call mistakes are part of the creative process. So, I try to begin boldly, not worrying about mistakes, using more color than might exist in nature, and varying the types of chroma and marks. During the process, I allow my vision and the inevitable missteps to become a part of the emerging image. Some of these missteps will be eliminated and the more delicious ones are incorporated into the process as unintended surprises.”

 

EDUCATION
1992 Master classes with nationally renowned artist Wolf Kahn (one of twelve artists selected nationally)
1967-70 University of Houston, Studies in Art and Advertising
 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2005 One-man Show, Arden's Gallery, Houston
  Two-person Show, Open Press Ltd, Monotypes, Denver, CO
2004 Group Show, Open Press 15 Year Retrospective, Colorado Springs Contemporary Arts Center, CO
  One-man Show, New Monotypes, Arden's Gallery, Houston, TX
  Group Show, Millsap Moore Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  One-man Show, Arden's Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 Group Show, Colorado Painting, Grant Street Studios, Denver, CO
  Group Show, ZYT Gallery, CA 2003 Group show, Grant Street Studios, Denver, CO
2002 One-man Show, Arden's Gallery, Houston, TX
2001 Group show, American Landscape Paintings, Editions Limited, Oakland, CA
  Group show, Joseph Thayer Gallery, Castle Rock, CO
  Group show, Colorado Art Open Exhibition, Golden CO
2000 One-man Show, Sharon Park Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1999 One-man Show, Sharon Park Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
  Group Show, Sharon Park Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1996 Group Show, Kismet Gallery, juried by Janet Fish, San Jose, CA
  Group Show, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
1995 Group Show, Triton Museum Biennial, Santa Clara, CA
1994 One-man show, 3Com, Palo Alto, CA.
  One-man show, Hitachi, Santa Clara, CA
  Group show, Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1993 Group show, Gump's, San Francisco, CA
  Group show, Triton Museum Biennial, Santa Clara, CA
  Group show, Baker Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA
  One-man show, Arden's , Houston, Texas
  One-man show, Van Kampen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1992 Group show, Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM
  Group show, Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  One-man show, St. Francis Foundation Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Group show, Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  Group show, Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA
1990 Group show, Pastel Society of the West Coast, 4th Natl Open, Sacramento, CA
  One-man show, Burlingame Bank and Trust Co., Burlingame, CA
1989 One-man show, Hewlett Packard Headquarters, Cupertino, CA
  One-man show, Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo, CA
  Group show, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas
1988 Group show, Wilhelm Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
  Group show, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas
 
COLLECTIONS (PARTIAL LISTING)
  Coopers and Lybrand
  Raychem
  Hewlett Packard
  Kaiser-Permanente
  Panhandle Eastern
  National Dairy Board
  Pinnacol
  Marriott Hotels
  Town and Country Hospital, Houston
  First Data
  Visa
  Blue Shield
  Hitachi
  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  Project Energy
  Magnet Bank, Atlanta
  Ford, Harrison Law, Atlanta
 
ARTICLES
  InformArt Magazine, Spring, 2003 issue
 
  The giclee print 'Cherry Red Trees' has been selected as one of the 50 best images of 2001 by US Art Magazine, March 2002 issue.
 
  The Pastel Journal May-June 2002 "Giclee print becomes part of the painting process"
 
  New York Times On the Web Wine Today,
  December 26, 2000 by Kathleen Buckley excerpt: "What to do with the foil, cork and wire cap .. There is always the tendency to want to save these as a memory of the event. While it is sweet, it does not enhance the home décor any more than colored water does in clear Appalachian glass bottles. There are a few exceptions....
 
  American artist Ken Elliott makes striking abstract collages using pastels, oils and the foil from the Champagne bottle."
 
  Artweek Magazine, September 1991, "Lovers of the Land, the Landscape in Pastel at Gallery 30"
 
  US Art Magazine, October 1990, "Six California Landscape Painters"