Whether it is a commission from royalty or a quick sketch at an amusement park, the portrait is an ever-present and integral part of the art world. Portraits can be used as a medium of self-expression that captures ideas beyond a single person’s image. Painter Ken Keirns (who we first featured way back in Hi-Fructose Vol. 6) fuses elements of a contemporary style with the technique and fundamentals of the masters to create pop surrealist portraits. A recent transplant to the Keystone State, he brought together an amalgamation of recent work for “Deja Vu” at Madelife in Boulder, Colorado. The show includes things like characters from the movie Heathers, mythical creatures, fairytales and a bevy of unnamed female characters. Below are pictures from the opening. The show will be on display until February 9.
Photos by D. Scott Clark and Myah Bailey
Dawn Paepke, Ken Keirns, ‘Vonne Hill, Elisabeth Colette, and Christopher Brinson