The Paintings of Ken Shuey
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When you draw or paint something you get to know it intimately. There is great joy in standing out under the sky trying to capture the feeling of standing out under the sky -- you never can, but you can have a great time trying.
There are certain places in the world where all the shapes and forms and colors come together in such harmony that we are attracted to them. When we enter into these places, we feel so natural there that we're sure we've been there before. In Asia they make shrines of such places. In American we make them national parks. Seeing that special potential in every day evirons and finding their spirit by moving paint around on a canvas is what "plein air impressionist" painters strive for. --K.S
Ken has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah where he studied under A.L. Gittins, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Hawai'i where he was a Fellow of the East West Center. He has studied with Dean Keller at the Art Students League of New York, with John Stobart and Jerry Caron at the Lyme Academy of Art, David Lussier and Pam Simpson, The Paier Academy of Art, and the University of Iowa.
He has been an Instructor assisting Betty Edwards in her "International Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Seminars", an Art Teacher in Connecticut public schools, and an architectural designer and architectural artist's concept rendering artist.. He also teaches at the Artist's View Leaning Center in Madison, CT.
Ken was with the Peace Corps in Borneo, in Western Samoa, and in Hawai'i. His travels across the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Islands of the Pacific have yielded numerous plein air paintings and drawings. In the early 1960s, he made his first trip to Europe where he spent a year hitch hiking around Europe -- supporting himself by working at a ski resort in the Bavarian Alps, and by crewing on trans-oceanic yachts, and by painting on the sidewalks of Paris and Munich.
After studying educational film making at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Freiburg, Ken worked in Berkeley, California as an educational film scriptwriter. In New York City, he worked both in front of and behind the cameras ... building sets, driving horse-drawn carriages, and acting in feature films and network television. has also produced many commissioned portraits of animals and their people, and "artist's concept" architectural renderings.
Exhibits and galleries include: The Mystic Seaport Maritime Art Gallery, the Susan Powell Art Gallery in Madison CT, The Cross Roads of Sport Gallery, New York City; the Carriage House Gallery, Guilford CT; "Choices Connecticut," Galeria de Arte Salon Nacional de Pintura, Cordoba, Argentina; The Celebrate Connecticut Farmland exhibit and auction; The Connecticut Plein Air Painters exhibit at Hartford Fine Arts and Framing Gallery; Lyme Art Association New England Plein Air Exhibit; and other member exhibits of the Lyme Art Association; the Madison Art Society. He is a Elected Artist member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and a member of the Lyme Art Association.
Contact Phone: 203 245-4299
Bauer Farm from the North
Illustration for short story, "My Greatest Tennis Lesson"