New artwork is now on display at Magnolias Sous Le Pont! To celebrate the exhibition titled "Where Whales Come From," HARWOOD's coziest coffee shop hosted the artist behind the works, Ken Craft, for a meet and greet with patrons while complimentary espresso and sweets were enjoyed. Live music filled the shop from the powerful acoustic duo Hunter&Savannah.
Born in New Mexico, but now based in Dallas, Craft's work reflects an interest in representational scene painting alongside cartoon story telling. He’s influenced by Gustave Courbet but also Art Spiegelman. By both Gerhard Richter and George Herriman. And lately, Philip Guston. He is creating original comics characters for his paintings. The work is meant to exist as both traditional easel painting and as a form of comics.
Craft himself has existed in two worlds for over 21 years now, maintaining a career as a professional firefighter while painting as often as he can. Represented by Ro2 Art, he has been in numerous group exhibits over the years in Dallas where he's had 3 solo exhibits and most recently, a two-person show at Ro2 Art. In June 2015 he exhibited 3 paintings in a juried exhibit at Artspace 111 in Ft. Worth, TX and was awarded the Top Choice prize. He was invited to exhibit some of that same work recently in a group show at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. He paints more these days and is looking forward to becoming a full time artist in the near future.
Magnolias Sous Le Pont thanks Craft and Ro2 Art for allowing us to share and celebrate this artwork. All pieces from "Where Whales Come From" are for sale and will be on display until August 2016.
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