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Kenneth Weiner is a NJ born artist and honors graduate with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Montclair State University. He has studied intensively at Fashion Institute of Technology, the Art Students League of NY, and studied drawing under Robert Beverley Hale, curator of Renaissance drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He continued his post-graduate studies at Montclair State University
After numerous successful and well received gallery shows, Weiner stopped exhibiting to continue his studies quietly at home and to raise a family. He is once more devoting his energies in the studio and preparing for gallery shows and other exhibits. He joined The West Essex Art Association and in his first competitive show, the association’s annual open juried show, he was the recipient of the Jeanne Saslow Memorial Award for his graphite drawing “The Shawl”. He then won an honorable mention in his next members’ only show for his watercolor, “The Climb,” and again this year in the annual open juried show he won the Libby Schmidt Memorial Merit award, for his drawing, “Ephemera”. This is an exciting time for Weiner, to be showing the stunning results of his most recent endeavors. A hard worker, he recently has had two well received one-man shows in the past 18 months
Weiner believes his paintings and drawings reflect the influences and understanding he has gathered from the varied fields to which he has devoted his time. These areas of interest have included Northern Renaissance art, Chinese art, Paleolithic art, as well as contemporary abstraction and the careful study of nature, all of which are reflected in his work. He admires the talents of many artists and he particularly enjoys the works of Durer, Matisse and van Gogh. He has found inspiration in the nineteenth century, from the Pre-Raphaelites to children’s books illustrators, especially the works of Arthur Rackham. Among contemporary artists, he admires the works of Steve Hanks, Robert Vickery and the Wyeths.
His classical art background is reflected in his own unique style which marries realism to abstraction. He enjoys the particular freedom graphite offers but he also works intensively with precious metal point, namely 24 ct. gold, rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, green gold, silver, and platinum. His color works are done with hand-ground Chinese inks, Japanese pan co lors, egg tempera, water color and various combinations thereof. He believes that his task as an artist is to guide the viewer through an undiscovered country; a place where contrast, texture, pattern and design all come together to create timeless images which, “promise to be evocative to everyone.” He summarizes his work with enviable simplicity, “I draw what pleases me”.
Ken Weiner lives with his wife, two sons, two dogs and some turtles in West Caldwell for the last 18 years.