Ken Orton

Member Artist

Ken Orton

About the Artist

Ken Orton was in charge of the Centro de Arte de Joan Miro of the Baleares International School in Palma de Mallorca for twenty years. He was a teacher of analytical drawing, composition and color theory.
“As a teacher my aim was to develop good visual perception in my students. I believe the need to respond creatively to those perceptions is visceral. Those who most enjoy the rhythms, tones and colors of our natural world, those who enjoy the lights and shadows of dappled sunlight are the ones most likely to pick up a stick and draw in the wet sand in celebration of those perceptions. My work has been a natural progression of the principals I have always advocated. Light is my theme and Americana my subject.
I am described as a photorealist painter but my work now is often considerably looser than most works in that genre.I aim to test the fences between photorealism and a loose expressionistic response to my subject and my media.
I still get enormous pleasure from watching a young person move towards one of my canvases. At that moment when the image switches from being apparently photographic to being very human and painterly I often hear them utter "Wow"
That single word uttered by the innocent
is praise beyond that of Caesar .

Location: Roxbury, New York and Venice, Florida