The Vail Valley Art Guild is pleased to announce two chances to see their first ever international Artist-In-Residence, Liam Kean. Kean, a UK based painter, will be showing his complex and mercurial work, sometimes saturnine, sometimes sanguine, for the first time in the United States. The Vail Valley Art Guild will host two separate receptions April 3rd and 10th at their galleries in Minturn and Eagle, Colorado respectively. Kean will also be hosting a lecture about his work and process at the Eagle gallery April 6th.
Kean creates mostly large, mostly abstract oil paintings. Sumptuous colours emerge from the darkness – sometimes focused, sharp and enticing – other times blurred, messy and ugly, with clearly little regard for formal technique. Keans work blurs the lines between passion and nihilism.
In the artists own words, his work is…”an attempt to not give a damn about something you care too much about – or the representation of the wanting to make sense of the noise inside one’s head which flits between blurred and focused, an attempt to understand an issue, person, situation or mental state, and in that understanding, be able to discard it. A desire to not give a f**k about something: it’s like wanting to not care about a past relationship because it hurts – but you only want to not care precisely because you do care so much – and that conflict is noisy and messy. That issue usually comes from a place of darkness – colour is the desire, but it is also the noise, the mess, the blur, the memory, the focus, the hope.”
You get the feeling with Kean’s work that he doesn’t want you to know what the issue, or subject, or narrative is. He wants you to feel what it feels like, whether that feeling is pleasurable or, more commonly, not – sometimes both at the same time
Kean occasionally intersperses his paintings with phrases, paragraphs, musings or prose, which possibly give a hint towards a narrative, but they are vague, and you get the sense that he is just trying to throw you off the scent, or confuse you, possibly for the viewers amusement….probably for his own.
Liam Kean lives and works in Shropshire, England. His paintings have been shown in galleries all over the UK and belong in several private collections. His work can be viewed at his website: liamkean.co.uk
The Vail Valley Art Guild is a nonprofit arts organization who is dedicated to enriching lives by promoting and fostering artistic growth and building awareness of the visual arts in Eagle County, Colorado. They have two gallery locations where they host their two monthly receptions, offer workshops, and sponsor community education programs for children and the under-served.
IF YOU GO:
What: Liam Kean- Solo Exhibition Receptions, Vail Valley Art Guild
When: Friday, April 3rd- 291 Main Street, Minturn
Friday, April 10th- 108 W. Second Street, Eagle
More Info: www.vailvalleyartguild.org