Artist Fran Kievet

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What is "IT" in a given work, that visually and universally will grab the eye of an observer . . . hold it . . . and emotionally charge them? What is "IT" that make the most poignant pieces demand to be seen and felt?

For forty years I have been observing, questioning, analyzing, and practicing visual arts as a graphic designer and as a painter. What is apparent is that some art moves almost no one, some art moves many, but a few exceptional pieces move almost everyone. In fine art painting, "IT" isnt so much the subject matter but how the subject matter is put down on a simple piece of canvas or paper with any media.

Whatever the subject matter, for me it is foremost design of the main shapes and then color that rules. My explorations and pursuits in painting are always driven by the need to understand and master the subtleties and complexities of both while maintaining control of the materials and methods of which I am using.

Throughout the years of painting I have experimented with a variety of media and methods. There are so many avenues to take, each with its own twist and turn and each offering its own uniqueness, beauty and challenges. Different surfaces, pigments and tools . . . all are there for the artist to work with . . . and the exploration never ends.

17th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR 2010, American Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK 1999-2010    Mockingbird Gallery/Collectors Classic Show, Bend, OR 2002-2010 Mockingbird Gallery/2-4 Person Show, Bend, OR 2003-2009 Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery/April & October Group Shows, Portland, OR 1997-2010 Oil Painters of America Annual National Exhibition, Howard Manville
Gallery, Kirkland, WA [...]

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