Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan

United States 1958


Kevin Sloan
Kevin Sloan
United States
March 31, 2016
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

With such rapid and immense development of science and technology in the past few decades, civilization is moving towards a more “mechanical” future and surroundings, one that puts into question our relationship with nature and its inhabitants. There are many concerns in this regard and we’re seeing a lot of them even today, as we try to balance between modern technology and natural aspects. Presenting his view on the matter, Kevin Sloan’s practice consists of paintings that are widely portraying these issues and the relation between man and animal in contemporary times. In his detailed work, he looks to reconcile civilization and nature as he creates an awkward mixture of the two worlds.

Kevin Sloan expresses his care for the environment through beauty, humor, and mistery of his work

Seeking Balance

In his work, Sloan turns to the natural surroundings that pillars our technological advancement and is often at the receiving end of these breakthroughs. It could be said that he stands as an ambassador to these “silent citizens” of the Earth we all share, bringing to the forefront many issues that stand between us. Far from assaulting the modern way of life, Sloan acknowledges the contemporary society and rather creates a dialog between the two, often showing awkward, yet beautiful concoctions of what both worlds have to offer. Seeking a sort of harmony and balance, his works go back and forth between the natural and technological environment, creating a symbolical realm of realistic questions and issues.

 Sloan stands as an ambassador to the “silent citizens” of the Earth

Kevin Sloan new contact gallery garden world acrylic landscape paint
Kevin Sloan – Birds of America; Migration Interrupted, 2013

Photographically Real

Kevin Sloan goes to great lengths when it comes to detail, to the point where his paintings can be compared to photography.  With that in mind, Sloan decided to add a surreal aspect to his pieces, moving his body of work in a different direction. Permeated with an allegorical nuance, his paintings portray realistically depicted individual elements in an unrealistic setting, forcing an interaction between nature and technology. The background is often an image for itself, displaying a natural ambience in incredible detail that possibly represents an escape from the conflict depicted in the foreground.

Sloan portrays realistically depicted individual elements in an unrealistic setting

Kevin Sloan gallery garden world acrylic landscape paint gallery
Kevin Sloan – Wayfinding, 2014

Common Ground

By presenting the animals and nature in conjunction with the elements out of our modern way of life, Kevin Sloan poses a lot of questions and leaves the narrative opened to interpretation and answering. These aren’t intended for big enterprises or communities; they’re for every one of us that share this common ground, individually affecting not just the current state between the two worlds, but how it will be perceived in the future. Sloan’s paintings remind us of the existence of those that cannot be heard, and they do so in an astonishing portrayal of mystery and beauty.

Kevin Sloan lives and works in Denver.

Featured image: Kevin Sloan. All photos credit the artist.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Platinum Blend 2Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016AnimaliaAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2016Art of the Sate 2016Arvada Center, Arvada, COGroup
2016A Delicate BalanceGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FL Group
2015A Delicate BalanceClark Gallery, Lincoln MASolo
2015An Artist and a Naturalist: John James Audubon and Kevin SloanColorado Springs Fine Arts CenterSolo
2015The StorytellersGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2015Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real &SurrealArvada Center, Arvada, COGroup
2015National Contemporary RealismM.A. Dornan Gallery, Tulsa, OKGroup
2014National Contemporary RealismM.A. Dornan Gallery, Tulsa, OKGroup
2014April FlowersClark Gallery, Lincoln, MAGroup
2014BrinkAntler Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
201420th Anniversary ShowGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2013Introducing Kevin SloanWilliam Havu Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2013New PaintingsClark Gallery, Lincoln, MASolo
2013The Naturalist’s NotebookIronton Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2013Modern TimesGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2013Annual Group ShowIronton Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2012New PaintingsRichard J. Demato Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NYSolo
2012The Peaceable KingdomGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2012Random Acts of TimeOrange County Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CAGroup
2012RejuvenationRichard J. Demato Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NYGroup
2011The Cabinet of Curiosities2011 Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2011Modern ParablesGilman Contemporary, Ketchum, IDSolo
2011White on WhiteHarrison Gallery, Key West, FLGroup
2010MenagerieGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2010Strange Eden2009 Gilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, IDSolo
2010Rare ThingsGardner Colby Gallery, Amazing, Naples, FLSolo
2009Flower PowerClark Gallery, Lincoln, MAGroup
2009Birds in ArtLeigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WGroup
2008Dreams and AllegoriesGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2008Salon ShowClark Gallery, Lincoln, MAGroup
2008Annual Group ExhibitionPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2008Big ImpressionsGilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, IDGroup
2007The Sacred OrdinaryLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2007New PaintingsGilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, IDGroup
2007A Walk on the Wild SideGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2007DesireFresh Paint, Culver City CAGroup
2006Mystery and Whimsy in the LandscapeGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2005Memories and AllegoriesLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2004ExoticaGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2004Colors Without LinesTurner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2003MediterraniaGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2003Innocence and ExperienceChiaroscuro, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2003The Garden of CompassionLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2003Magic Realism: A New GenerationSangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, COGroup
2002RetablosLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2002Scenes From My GardenGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2002El Sagrado TeatroChiaroscuro, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2002The Garden Of Earthly DelightsGardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2002Living in the Presence of the BuddhaLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2002The Magnificent Subject: Friends From the John Sloan Drawing GroupWyeth Hurd Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2001ItalianateLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2000Tabula RasaLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2000Update 2000Fresh Paint, Culver City, CAGroup
1999New Still Life PaintingsKatharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1999The Poet’s GardenLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1999Summer GroupKatharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999Contemporary Citrus Imagery by Florida ArtistsTampa Museum of Art, Tampa FLGroup
1999Florida Fellowship ExhibitionUniversity of West Florida Gallery, Pensacola, FLGroup
1998Ancient CornucopiaLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1998Gallery Artists and New TalentKatharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1998Florida Fellowship ExhibitionPolk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FLGroup
1998TributeJoseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZGroup
1998Salon de RefusesBroward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FLGroup
1997Offerings and MeditationsGwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1997Tableaux VivantsLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1996Elegance and DecayGalerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LASolo
199615th Anniversary ExhibitionEtherton Gallery, Tucson, AZGroup
1996Art Walk 12Microsoft Corporation, Print Exhibition, Redmond, WAGroup
1996Natural SelectionLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
1995Poetry and JasmineLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1995Paintings From an Elysian GardenEva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1995New ViewsLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
1995Art Walk 11Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WAGroup
1995Musical Instruments as Art400 South Hope Associates, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1994Music of the SpheresKoplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
1994Paintings From ArcadiaLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1994Slice of Life: Contemporary Still LivesRiverside Art Museum, Riverside, CAGroup
1994Contemporary RealistsHalls Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
1994Small WorksLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
1993The Garden of Earthly DelightsBraunstein/Quay Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
1993Alumni Invitational ExhibitionJoseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZGroup
1993What Heaven Looks LikeSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
1992Old Poems, New PrayersLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1992Why Painting, Part ISusan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CAGroup
1992The Crucifixion Through the Modern EyeHearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CAGroup
1992Still LivesZen Center Hospice Guest House, San Francisco, CAGroup
1991IntroductionsBraunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1991PaintingsUniversity of Montana, Missoula, MTSolo
1991PaintingsEtherton/Stern Gallery, Tucson, AZSolo
1991The Sacred LandscapeSusan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CAGroup
1991June SalonUpaya Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1991Wet PaintSouthern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1991Contemporary Art IUpaya Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1990Recent PaintingsLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1990Selections From Local Corporate CollectionsThe Old Pueblo Museum, Tucson, AZGroup
1989Recent PaintingsScottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1989The New/Old LandscapeUniversity of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZGroup
1988Emerging ArtistsTucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZSolo
1988 New PaintingsMesa Gallery,San Francisco, CASolo
1988Landscape AnthologyGrace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, Group
1988Invitational ExhibitionGrace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1986New American TalentLaguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TXGroup
19861986 National Juried ExhibitionSan Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CAGroup
198621st Southwestern InvitationalYuma Art Center, Yuma, AZGroup
198617th Annual National Juried CompetitionGreensboro Artists’ League, Greensboro, NCGroup
1986National Landscape ExhibitionPensacola Junior College, Pensacola, FLGroup
1986Post-Modern Renaissance PaintingsRancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZGroup
1986Arizona BiennialTucson Museum of Art, , Tucson, AZGroup
1985Tucson Festival ExhibitionTucson Art Institute, Tucson, AZGroup
1983Invitational ExhibitionCentral Arts Collective, Tucson, AZGroup