Statement

Biography

Ken Kohoutek was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and grew up in Great Falls, Montana.A� He received a B.A. in Ceramics in 1980 from Montana State University, Bozeman and in 1983 an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.A� Ken taught ceramics in St. Louis, Missouri from 1983-1995.A� He returned to Montana with his family in 1995 and is currently a studio artist as well as part owner of a liquor store in Great Falls.A� Kena��s work has been widely exhibited and is in museums and numerous private collections around the country.

Artista��s Statement

Since 1982 my work has been concerned with using ceramic tile and thrown vessel surfaces as a a�?canvasa�? for low-fire glaze narrative paintings.A� In this medium I have been able to control flat areas of brilliant color that are organized into obsessive surface pattern.A� My goal is for color and pattern to interact with exuberant visual energy, adding to the desired visual and emotional tension of the imagery. I enjoy combining realistically rendered, large scale machines and household objects with a bemused male subject in a chaotic spatial environment.A� The result is not so much a premeditated comment on contemporary life in a consumer society as it is a delight in playing with contrasts of color, pattern, perspective and scale to create a vibrant, rapid-fire visual field.A� My work draws inspiration from Cubism, Dada, Pop Art, Folk Art and quilt making.