Saranac Lake Painter Ken Wiley, will invite visitors to share his journey during the past 50 years through his new exhibit “There & Here: Fifty Years.”
The opening reception for the show of watercolor and acrylic paintings will be held Friday, Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main Street.
The show, though titled as a culmination of the artist’s work over the past 50 years, will be a collection of recent works.
“Every painting I do I see a flaw or a way I could have improved it,” Wiley said.
Through his continued study of classical Renaissance and impressionist painters, Wiley has developed a style based on shadows and light, composition, a study of line, shape color, and texture.
“By studying artists, we can emulate and reproduce the shapes in famous paintings but an artist can never recreate the color they put on the canvas,” Wiley said.
His exhibit, which will run through Sept. 29, will be a collection of his favorite subjects: architecture, portraiture, animals, flowers and most anything that catches his eye.
“The subject matter isn’t what is important, for instance I don’t necessarily like flowers but I paint them because as an artist flowers are a source of immense color and pattern,” Wiley said. “There is no right or wrong when it comes to art and any decent work is an inspiration to me.”
It is this study of colors that he hopes will inspire a reaction.
“Painting is designed to hold and keep the eye,” Wiley said. “Color and it’s atmosphere hopefully cause an experience, it doesn’t have to be physical or a feeling.”
Wiley began his artistic career with a question: should he study history or art? The Brooklyn/New Jersey born and raised artist made the choice to be an artist.