Kevin Muente

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Winter Twilight    24″ x 48″   Oil on canvas

Life in the Woods: Evocative Landscape Paintings

October 7th – November 26th, 2016

Artist Statement:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what I have to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” – Henri David Thoreau

As a landscape painter I haven’t spent two years, two months and two days in a cottage in the woods like Thoreau, but I have gone there to seek inspiration and to find my calling. As a landscape painter I’m interested in creating environments in my paintings that reaffirm a sense of place for the viewer and touch on the essential facts of life and our connection to nature. I feel my roll as an artist is to experience places deeply and communicate those experiences to the viewer. I consciously pay attention to the noises, smells, and changes in light and temperature of a place, which allows me to be swept up in the environment.

Several of the paintings in this exhibition were done on site and in quick, spontaneous bursts of excitement and passion. They serve as recordings of my time spent in the woods: palaces where time was well spent, places that have helped me discover something about life. Often these paintings serve as studies for more compulsive detailed studio paintings, some of which are also featured in this exhibition.

The larger paintings focus on the more elemental side of nature. I search for moments when the landscape is in a state of flux or transformation, and then paint from life and from photographs to express these moments poetically. My paintings convey nature at very unique or unusual moments, thus capturing the spirit of a place.     -Kevin Muente

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Storm over Sable Pass, Denali National Park   30″ x 40″   Oil on canvas

 

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Sunrise, Lake Crescent Olympic Park   12″ x 24″   Oil on canvas

Biography

Kevin Muente received his BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. While working for nationally-known mural artist Timothy Haglund, he assisted in the production of murals at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, the Johnson Wax Worldwide Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and at several private residences. He has exhibited paintings in various national juried competitions and is currently represented by several reputable galleries world wide. This is his first solo exhibition with Marta Hewett Gallery. He a has garnered several awards and honors including the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith individual Artists Fellowship, as well as the Cincinnati Summerfair Aid to Individual Artists Grants. Muente has won several artist residencies at Denali National Park and Preserve, the Wrangell Mountain Center in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, both in Alaska, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Wildacres in North Carolina. His work is in several public and private collections. Muente has previously taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Missouri Western Sate University. He currently teaches art at Northern Kentucky University achieving the rank of full professor.

 

 

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Mark Peiser Biography

Since 1967 when Mark Peiser became involved with the Studio Glass Movement he has been recognized for his uniquely individualized approaches and accomplishments. Peiser’s continual investigation of the expressive implications of glass properties and processes have led to distinctive bodies of work such as The Opaque Image Vessels, Paperweight Vase Series, The Innerspace Series, The Forms of Consciousness and most recently The Cold Stream Cast Vessels.

Mark Peiser lives and works in Penland, NC. He is a founder of the Glass Art Society of which he is now an Honorary Lifetime Member. His work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world.

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Raymond Papka: A Calulated Artist of Science

When one looks into the beautifully unexpected and intricate art of Raymond Papka, there is no doubt that it is derived from the science in his own life. With a degree in chemistry, Raymonds’s incredibly unique assemblages of paint and embellishments elude to a technical and scientific narrative.

This art is created by use of physical and visual systems. The artist uses everyday discarded objects to arrange and create his art. This process has also turned into his alteration of books which consists of a process where he cuts tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, drills, and bolts. The book is manipulated until it becomes a 3-dimentional work of art. Beyond books, Raymond also engages in Enthusiastic Painting. This is a variation of an incredibly ancient painting technique where beeswax is melted with resin and color pigments are added. Once the wax hardens, it is fused with fire and brilliant and beautiful work begins.

Raymond is not so concerned with his viewer completely understanding his art as he is with them questioning what is going on. The mantra of his Artist’s Statement is that the only thing constant is change. As artists and Art enthusiasts, change can be different for us all. He has a fresh and modern theme in and behind his work that gives him a realistic outlook and enables him to look forward and perpetuate his work into interesting and wonderful places.

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Frank Herrmann: Theories and Works

Narrative, words, journey and process: they are words that are in almost every artist’s vocabulary, yet they have a personal and unique meaning to each individual who values them. As a 20th and now 21st century artist, Frank Herrmann has his own passionate context for those words, along with many others. His creative journey is continuously influenced by Rembrandt’s 17th century Europe. Although they are from different times and their painting processes are incredibly diverse, Herrmann more identifies with the inspirational mentalities of this past era. The most exciting part of his painting journey is that which has yet to be created. As with Rembrandt, there is a lure into that of the unseen and a suspense of what is on the other side of the easel which Herrmann speaks passionately about in his artist’s statement:

“Rembrandt’s The Painter in His Studio, while providing a self-portrait of the great painter, wordlessly conveys a description of the creative process itself. The viewer is deprived access to the artist’s work- in -progress—and Rembrandt delivers the lesson. We are invited to speculate, not only on the subject of the artist’s painting, but also on the artist’s role as a conduit and filter for ideas and concepts, facts and visions. The physical painting is a portrait. What I find more compelling, however, is the promise of the painting Rembrandt conceals from us. The Painter in His Studio has always held meaning for me as the artist’s comment on the synergy between subject and artist—between the viewer and the viewed. “Studio” serves as a metaphor for what I see as the process and –just as importantly—the promise of a painted work.”

Herrmann’s paintings are nothing sort of being aesthetically inviting. He uses color and shape to create an abstract, layered space that not only suggest a narrative, but creates such depth that the viewer may almost feel that they can walk into the work. When looking at his paintings, the viewer’s eyes will be stimulated by multiple outstanding main aspects. Being influenced by oceanic art, Herrmann will utilize simple pattern, line, and color theory to create a depth that feels real. Conflicting shades and shapes have an ironic harmony that truly completes his paintings.

"Yupmakcain Terrain IV" dimensions: 84"h x 78"w material: acrylic, Mimika, Yamate shield rubbings on canvas

“Yupmakcain Terrain IV”
dimensions: 84″h x 78″w
material: acrylic, Mimika, Yamate shield rubbings on canvas

dimensions: 72"h x 58"w material: acrylic on canvas

“Nohunta” dimensions: 72″h x 58″w
material: acrylic on canvas

dimensions: 8h x 5.5w material: drawing

“Motif Sky 13” dimensions: 8h x 5.5w
material: drawing

dimensions: 84"h x 80"w material: acrylic on canvas

“Thinking: Fertile Map” dimensions: 84″h x 80″w
material: acrylic on canvas

Tim Harding

42"h x 37.5"w cut silk

42″h x 37.5″w cut silk

32"h x 32"w Cut Silk

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Rich in color, light and suggested movement, Marta Hewett Gallery artist Tim Harding’s work is as unique as his process and inspiration. After originally working in painting and photography, Harding became interested in fiber/textiles. He is focused on creating an illusion of three-dimensional figures by use of light and shadow and figure and ground. Harding’s method of layering colors helps him create an almost pixelated quality in his works. This quality helps him achieve a vibrant contrast in value that is often associated with many impressionists. He has been inspired by a large spectrum of art from traditional oriental kimono forms to Rauschenberg and Rothko. Harding States “The lack of barriers between art and life in primitive and other non-western cultures inspires in my own work the commitment to peruse aesthetic investigation in a medium (fiber) traditionally outside of our own cultures fine art history.”
In addition to the Marta Hewett Gallery, Tim Harding’s work can be found in prestigious institutions such as The American Craft Museum, The Center for Tapestry Arts and The Minnesota Museum of Art.

Kevin Muente

Kevin Muente

“Dry Creek Bed, Kentucky” by Kevin Muente, oil on canvas 48″h x 96″w

Kevin Muente is professor of art at Northern Kentucky University. He received his BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 and his MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. While working for nationally-known mural artist Timothy Haglund, he assisted in the production of murals at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, the Johnson Wax Worldwide Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and at several private residences.

Muente has exhibited his paintings in various national juried competitions and is currently represented by Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York; Heike Pickett Gallery in Versailles, Kentucky; and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has garnered several awards and honors including the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, a Cincinnati Summer fair Aid to Individual Artist Grant, and Artist Residencies at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Muente has previously taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Missouri Western State College.

Biography courtesy of http://www.kevinmuente.com/

Eric Standley

Eric Standley received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and the Foundations of Art and Design Coordinator for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. He sleeps on rare occasions and dreams that with hard work and concentration he might one day become a modernist. He holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, which is reinvented on a daily basis.

Biographical information courtesy of http://ericstandley.30art.com/

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