Being a self taught artist, and also colorblind, led to years of frustration, but through trial and error, methodically over the years I have found what works for me. I work with many layers, different substrates, and all types of media. Instead of using colors to create depth; I use my surface. I feel it is the most important element of my work.
Artist: Kenneth Peloke
From: Scottsdale, Arizona
Medium: Oil, Resin, Mixed Media, Acrylic
Peloke’s work has been featured in Western Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture and is displayed in both public and private installations throughout the U.S., including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, ID & Singapore.
Born 1978 in rural New York, Ken is the youngest of four children who were raised by a single mother. He began painting and drawing at the age of seven. His mother was usually unable to provide proper art materials, so Ken used crayons, pens, house paint, cardboard, the backside of scrap wallpaper and even the walls in the house to sketch his drawings. He and his family moved to Arizona when Ken was 9.
Private oil painting lessons and a trip to Sedona, Arizona inspired him to paint landscapes, which he painted throughout his high school days. Ken was not one for the books as he spent many of his school days feeling lost, confused, or just dreaming in the classroom. However, during this time he entered many juried art competitions with success. Ken felt like he was starting to find himself through his art. While attending a local community college, Ken progressed to figure painting and drawing. But after a few semesters and feeling frustrated with his progress and lack of direction, Ken gave up painting and pursued a seemingly more practical road to an artistic career, Graphic Design. Although it turned out to be short lived, learning Photoshop, animation and photography would prove beneficial in his future process for creating his wide variety of work. At just 22 and frustrated with an undefined career path in art, Ken took what ended up being a seven year hiatus from art entirely.
The desire to pick up a brush again didn’t happen until he heard the news of his first child on the way. He was going to have a daughter and a flood of new emotions filled his heart and mind. Ken began painting abstract pieces which he explained were inspired from non subjective forms in his mind and raw energy. This presented an entirely new freedom for Ken that he longed for but never knew how to unleash. Now at 35, he is hard at work using both the subjective world and the bold abstract world together in his work. His latest pieces reflect a bit of all his background and Ken prides himself on being versatile. Ironically, Ken is colorblind, and although this used to present a challenge for him as an artist, he has learned to control his color palette to limit his frustration.
Through experimentation and self teaching, Ken has learned to use all of his past works whether it be, landscapes, people, animals, abstracts, design and photography in his current work. Over the past couple years, Ken has found his latest inspiration by spending time with his wife’s horses. His bold, large-scale pieces capture the pure essence of the horse while still challenging his artistic talents. His multimedia approach creates depth and incredible realism to his pieces that give them a one of a kind contemporary appeal. Ken’s equine art depicts the beauty, nobility, and power that is the horse. As he states, “There is such honesty, grace and purity that is felt while spending time with our horses, as an artist I feel compelled to try to relay those same emotions to the viewers through my work.”
“Since I can remember, I always enjoyed taking things apart and rebuilding them. But at a young age, I found myself not remembering how to reassemble exactly the way it came apart. It became challenging and fascinating for me to create a new way to put things back together. I became obsessed with trying to make things different or even improved, well at least in my own mind.
My current painting process stemmed from those early days of curiosity and determination, finding a way to do things as they made sense to me and wanting things to be better than they were. Being a self taught artist, and also colorblind, led to years of frustration, but through trial and error, methodically over the years I have found what works for me. I work with many layers, different substrates, and all types of media. Instead of using colors to create depth; I use my surface. I feel it is the most important element of my work.
Variations, transparency, different layers and certain techniques all allow me to naturally generate the subtle inconsistencies in my paintings which make each piece unique and imperfect, like us. From this, the natural and realistic aspects of my work are achieved. Some effects are created by choice and others by chance…and I live to experience that little miracle when chance and choice unite to create a work of art that has the potential to move somebody just as much as it moved me while creating it.”