Ken Knowles (born 1968), American
“West Gloucester Marshes”, 2006
oil on board, 16 in. x 20 in.
(framed dimensions: 22 ¼ in. x 26 ¼ in.)
signed lower left: “Ken Knowles”
(also signed, dated and titled reverse)
A contemporary New England landscape of subtle beauty, the painting depicts an inland view of Gloucester, Massachusetts in winter rather than the oft-depicted coastal scenes in summer. A semi-frozen tidal creek wends its way into the foreground, flanked by deciduous and pine trees, farmhouses and winterized boats. The overcast sky shields the sun, which imparts a soft creamy orange-pink glow to the clouds and, as often happens in cloudy weather, allows the colors of the landscape to be seen more vividly. Here, a delightful array of umbers, siennas, ochers, creams, whites, russets, blue-grays and the interesting dashes of color on the boats – teal, cerulean and red, are painted with lively and painterly strokes of the bristle brush.
A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, Ken Knowles was in his teens when he first sought out local artists to teach him, including the well-known Rockport artists T.M. Nicholas and Stapleton Kearns. Later, he also studied under John Terelak. Knowles has continued to reside and paint in Rockport for 35 years, where he maintains a studio. He has earned an award-winning reputation nationally and is a full member of several associations. His paintings are in countless fine art collections across the country and abroad and can be found in galleries that carry Cape Ann art throughout New England.
The artist has closely studied the coast of Cape Ann, including the beautiful schooners made there and their history. He typically spends four to eight hours outside working on the beginning stages of one or two paintings. At any given time, he has as many as 15 projects in progress. He then brings the paintings into his studio for what can be days or months’ worth of ‘finish’ before he feels they are complete. As he says, "There are several ways to finish a painting, from just a few touches to weeks of adding texture and depth."
Ken Knowles is a member of the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Art Association (he was President 2013, 2014), the Academic Art Association and the Stamford Art Association.
The painting is in excellent ready-to-hang condition with a dry, matte paint surface and is framed in a fine quality gold metal leaf moulded frame.
Ken Knowles, "West Gloucester Marshes", oil on board
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