Ken Wood

Ken Wood’s recent solo exhibitions include 'Snakes and Ladders' at the Sidney Larson Gallery in Columbia, MO (2016), 'Each to Other' at Fort Gondo in St Louis (2015), and 'Scripta Volant (Written Words Fly)' at the Print Center, Philadelphia (2014). He has shown his work at the International Print Center New York, the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, Normal Editions Workshop in Normal, IL, the Luminary in St Louis, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Big Medium Gallery in Austin, Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, KS, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, and the Aqua Art Fair in Miami. His work has been published in Art in Print, Graphic Impressions, The HAND Magazine, and Fresh Paint Magazine, and his paintings and prints have been included in the collections of Twitter, STL Venture Works, Rice University, and the cruise line The Norwegian. He lives in St Louis, MO.


In recent prints, I have explored the relationship of line to line and color to color using big, simple gestures. In the ‘Writ Large’ series I used a set number of plates and printed them in different combinations and orientations (and with different colors and levels of opacity), trying to play up contrasts of saturation, color, and gesture while creating structure and space on the page. Each plate consists of a single gesture painted on with large brush tools that I make myself. These marks are applied using a thick mixture of carborundum and acrylic medium, thus maximizing their texture. The large scale of the line and the detail of the texture invite scrutiny; I'm trying to get people to stop and pay attention to what three simple, distilled lines can convey.