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Artist Kenneth B Gore


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Biography


After serving six years in the U.S. Air Force, in 1983 Ken Gore earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in painting at West Texas A&M University and, in 1985, a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. During this period in his career as an artist Gore supported himself by painting murals in coastal California shopping malls, translating small color maquettes into 14 feet tall murals.
 
Ken Gore came to New York City in early 1987 and immediately put his art education to use working as a muralist for several mural companies in the City that Never Sleeps. It did not take Gore long to form his own mural company, which produced dozens of major projects all over the United States, the US Virgin Islands, China and Australia. However, after two decades of doing such large-scale work, Ken broke away from painting murals and returned to a more intimate scale and a more personal approach to painting. "It's all about the scale of things. At this point I decided to trade12 feet by 9 feet works for those measuring 12 by 9 inches.”
 
Setting up a painting studio is a relatively simple arrangement anywhere, but moving your studio outdoors into the flow of daily life in New York City brings to the concept of plein air painting its own adventure. Gore spends as much time as possible outdoors, observing the light quality on both the man-made architecture and natural foliage of his current environment. "Trudging along with a portable studio on the subway and on buses is a real challenge. As an urban plein air painter, I try to travel light. On the streets of Harlem or in Central Park I need to be prepared and have a lot of patience for the public's natural curiosity [...]

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