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Renaissance inspired painter, Ken Wiley, opens show at Artists Guild

— There is a signature style in both his acrylic and water color pieces. Wiley said his watercolor paintings are more realistic in shapes and colors, but watercolors aren’t a medium for abstract work. He said working with acrylic paints offers more freedom with the brush strokes.

“Ideally, the American Water Color society has said there has to be a transparency through the color and we can’t use opaque colors. White in the paintings should be the white of the paper,” Wiley said. “You can use acrylics to create more body, acrylics have their own techniques.”

Through his explorations of art, his love of history, and his study for instructing art, Wiley has combined the three elements in his style reflective of artists from another time period.

“I wish I was born in the Renaissance era when all of the great masterpieces were made, I can’t pin point my favorite but to me you get from all art a gamut,” Wiley said.

Some of his favorite styles have been inspired by the work of Michael Angelo, Renaissance painter Pieter Brueghel, impressionist James Tissot, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

“Unfortunately my interest in artistic styles stops at the ‘70’s, after that time period I feel the artists try to do something close to ‘anti-art’ to be considered modern art,” Wiley said. “I would say I am a traditionalist.”

For more information about Wiley or to see examples of his work go to AdirondackArtistsGuild.com.

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