Artists Biography (Contact Info)

Artist statement by Kevin McNeeley

The artwork being shown is from the past several years while I was working with different mediums and exploring figurative and architectural studies.  What I found is I really don’t have a favorite medium or subject – I like to work with all of them.  If I feel I am in a slump or not visualizing my subject well, I will switch from a brush and use a wide charcoal stick to sculpt the shape.  Then I will go back to using a very wide brush.  I often will switch between plywood, cardboard or canvas as mediums to paint on.   I have been working with figure and ground studies which has helped me in the approach to my artwork.  Squinting and just seeing dark and light shapes then using those shapes to create an abstract form.  Then I start to apply the highlights and features to finalize the artwork.  I try to work at a very rapid pace so I don’t labor over details that can ruin a painting.  Setting a timer and using only a limited pallet has been the most successful approach.  I try to finish the painting on the first attempt and try not to bring it back into the studio for touch up.  Even Van Gogh said, “I might paint them over again, but I think it is better if you get them just as they come, off the heath.”

Most of my artwork is from life (plein air) and not from photos.  The church cathedrals are the only ones painted from references.  Finding a good background for my figure studies can be a challenge.  To help in this manner, I use my mental imagery from the books I read by Emile Zola.  Zola was friends with many artists and a popular writer during the impressionist’s period.  And those artists from that period are my favorite to study such as Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Munch. 

Kevin works as a free lance artist under the business name of  K R M Custom Works.  He is currently a board member of the Dayton Society of Artists as the property director.  Kevin also designs and builds custom cabinets and furniture to suit his clients needs.  As for paintings and drawings, Kevin enters juried art shows, contests and sells his work at local art fairs.

 

For more information please feel free to contact me.

Kevin McNeeley

Phone 513 292-2092

kmcneeley@woh.rr.com

www.krmcustomworks.com

Shows Accepted and Awards

Sinclair College Juried Art Show 2011 – Honorable Mention “Model in Thought”, Accepted work – “Man on Machine”

Sinclair College Juried Art Show 2012 – Honorable Mention “Log in Water”

Sinclair College Juried Art Show 2013 – Accepted work – “Folkker DVII”

Sinclair College Juried Art Show 2015 – First Place Painting – “Urban”

Fairborn Art Association Plein Air Juried Show 2011 – Accepted work “Log in Water”

Fairborn Art Association Plein Air Juried Show 2013 – First Place “Gothic Church”

Fairborn Art Association Plein Air Show 2014 – Honorable Mention “The Reserve”

SideShow 9 –  Spring 2014 – Display of Artwork

Rosewood Juried Art show “The View” 2014 – Accepted work – “French Village”

Dayton Painters and Sculptors Society – Spring Show 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Accepted work)

Dayton Painters and Sculptors Society – Fall Show 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015  (Accepted work)

Dayton Painters and Sculptors Society – Plein Air Show 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015  (Accepted work)

Fairborn Art Association Plein Air Show 2015 – First Place “George Rogers Park Trees”

Sinclair Art Show – Spring 2016  – Third Place Painting “Before the Show”

Dayton Society of Artists – Spring Show 2016 (Accepted Work)

Art Work For Sale

Hammel House – Waynesville Ohio

Lentz  – Clifton Near University of Cincinnati

The WoodBox – Beavercreek