Ken Flewellyn - Flash & Flare (detail) - Image courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery

Ken Flewellyn/ Ken Flewellyn

United States

Painting

www.kenflewellyn.com

Ken Flewellyn
Ken Flewellyn
Male
United States
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California-based artist Ken Flewellyn‘s work is an interpretation of how cultures interact in the settings of a modern society. His oil paintings highlight the versatility of urban identity through contrasting subject matter. Flewellyn’s decisions regarding perspective are carefully tailored in order to highlight the key elects of each of his pieces. Rarely do we see the face of our subject; instead, we focus on her hands or her feet, which tell stories of their own. In the background, many of the women are draped in traditional Japanese fabric, thus adopting the tranquility of the garment patterns. However, this quietude is interrupted by the rest of the piece which often shows the woman unabashedly acknowledging her Western character.

Ken Flewellyn - Living Large
Ken Flewellyn – Living Large

The Beauty of Contradiction

The nuances Flewellyn captures in his close-ups give us crucial insight into the contradictory aspect of a given character. A nozzle of a can of spray paint, held down by a manicured finger, is a picture of urban resistance and a display of elegance at the same time. In his art, Ken Flewellyn steps right into the middle of a culture clash, puts down the swords, and transforms it into a cheerful wedding, tilting and zooming into his subjects to give the audience a unique view of cultural identity.

This artist is represented by Thinkspace Gallery.

Ken Flewellyn lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Featured image: Ken Flewellyn – Flash & Flare (detail) – Image courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery
All images courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
20153rd Annual 12x12 ExhibitionGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Thinkspace Presents: Lax / SfoHashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CAGroup