Originally from Rhode Island (circa 1977). Graduated with B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. Kevin then spent over a decade exploring the landscapes of Jackson, Wyoming, Portland, Oregon, Puglia, Italy, and Brooklyn, New York (in that order…). He has worked and exhibited in each of these locations, letting the sense of place inform his work. After starting a family in the bustling metropolis of New York City, Kevin returned to his native state… as Rhode Islanders often do. He lives and works close to the sea with his wife, two children and his dog in South Kingstown.
After the recent completion of “the coast 1-9”, a polyptych arranged in a 3 x 3 grid, I began to employ the structural element of the grid directly to the individual canvas. The simplicity of this form allows for the exploration of color and tonal composition while continuing to harmonize found papers in a non -linear narrative. Often drawing from natural landscapes and occasionally from architecture, linear aspects have always found their way into my canvases. The horizon line is the ultimate linear element.
Using found papers (maps, music sheets, antique texts, sewing patterns, old letters and newspapers, stamps…) and collage has been a fundamental tool in my paint box. Like the editing of film, the assemblage of these fragments work together to form anecdotes – internal dialogues between myself and the work; between artist and viewer.
The relationships of color found in nature fascinate me. The oranges and yellows of the setting sun directly relate to the blues and purples on the opposite side of the sky. The dependency of the sky on the color of a body of water. The hues of green foliage that correspond to the color of the flower along with the color of the earth it grows in…and so on. The organization of these colors and tones using the grid creates movement; a time-lapse.