"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
Original Oil Paintings by Ken Wilson
Ken Wilson is a self-taught Kansas City-based artist who enjoys painting cityscapes, landscapes, and figurative studies in an impressionistic style. His paintings reflect a personal connection to a particular place, a longing to capture and preserve a feeling experienced in a moment in time. This holds true among a variety of subjects, from rainy city scenes to gentle ocean shores to a love of sports and music.
Most of his painting is done in his Kansas City studio, although he also enjoys getting outside and painting en plein air. He usually paints in an alla prima style, which translates as "all in one go." This means using a wet-on-wet technique. This is both challenging and rewarding. As for tools, he uses brushes and palette knives, ink rollers, as well as his fingers or pretty much anything else he might find lying around. Whatever it takes to tap the emotion that pours into each piece he makes.
His favorite subject is the cityscape. Particularly large, urban areas such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as his two hometowns: Kansas City and San Diego. The urban landscape provides a compelling combination of energy and emotion. He especially loves capturing city activity during rain or snow, dusk or dawn. The combination of natural and artificial light creates shadows and reflections that lend themselves well to strong emotional imagery.
Wilson's approach to painting begins and ends with the need to tell a story that words can't convey. This is why he is drawn to the city as a muse. It allows him to work with perspective... both physical and emotional... in a way that only art can. How many human stories might be intertwined within a single moment? He seeks to capture the essence of all of those possible stories in a painted narrative.
"My aim in each work I do is to share those stories within that solitary instant in time; to memorialize them for however long the painting may survive. People often tell me of the personal stories they experience within my paintings. This is a wonderful feeling. Each one is as unique as the person, and each individual's experience is always different from mine. This gives me new perspective, and I hope it does the same for the person viewing it, as well."
When he's not painting, Wilson remains active in real estate investing and content marketing. He is currently working to develop a program aimed at helping other creative people--artists, art galleries, and entrepreneurs--to tap the power of social media and internet marketing to generate more traffic and revenue to support their passions.