Opening Reception: Friday, June 22 from 5pm to 9pm
Shipped straight from his studio in Australia, Ken Strong’s new works represent a variety of subjects from Australia and the US. Regardless of the distance, both locations offer striking similarities in their human impact, the light, and the emotions stimulated.
Strong feels that a free approach to artistic composition can bring to life even the most commonplace subject. Reality is only used as a guide. Metamorphosis of the subject takes place when the form, colors, and contrasts are combined with flexibility. The addition of a human touch reinforces the important relationship between the landscape and its inhabitants.
“Portraying the landscape is very powerful, and composing an animated, expressive work based on physical surroundings is a great challenge. For me it represents a continuing and changing goal to create the ideal composition,” says Strong.
“I am always looking for different approaches in the creation of artwork, whether through the medium or the composition. Often it is achieved by employing bold shapes, using movement and flow to support the subject, application of glazes or thick paint and spatula effects, or allowing the luminescence from under- lying pigments show through. Every technique has its own place.”
Starting dual careers in 1978 at the NSW University of Technology in Sydney, Strong focused on Art Studies in composition, mediums and art history. In 1983 he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, which included specialist training in architectural drafting and technical presentation.
Since 1988, Strong has exhibited his work in more than 45 solo and group exhibitions in multiple countries. He has been featured in several issues of Australian Artist, and has several awards to his credit.
Broadway Gallery is in their 40th year of serving the DC metro area, and they have represented Ken Strong for more than 15 years. There will be an opening reception at Broadway Gallery in Alexandria to (re)discover the vitality of Ken Strong’s paintings on Friday, June 22nd, from 5pm – 9pm. Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Broadway Gallery is located at 5641-B General Washington Drive, Alexandria, VA.