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Duane Reed Gallery
Saint Louis

Ken Anderson


  Crossweave #07  

Anderson’s current body of work is influenced by textiles from around the world and consists of dimensional low relief abstract wood assemblages. He uses a reductive landscape-referenced palette applied with both paints and stains. His artistic intent has to do with transformation, rebirth, and discovery of beauty in the unexpected.  Color and pattern play an important role in his works to create dynamic, energetic motion.

“I have always had a great interest in textiles.  My own collection includes Navajo blankets and rugs, Guatemalan huipils, West African textiles, and African American quilts like those from Gee’s Bend.  I split pine planks and then paint and stain the pieces that are then reassembled on a backing board.  As I experiment with arranging and rearranging the strips in abstract configurations, woven or pieced textile like pattern starts to take shape.  In the studio, I focus on the abstract formal relationships that balance visual elements like musical notes into an improvisational assemblage.  These roughly cut pieces of wood and my use of a limited earthy palette hint at landscape and the natural world as well.  It is the juxtaposition of hard and soft as well as the juncture where improvisation meets formal concern that I find most compelling.”   - artist statement 2008

Anderson is Professor of Art at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He received his BFA from Washington University and his MFA from Southern Illinois University.
Since 1974 Anderson has actively exhibited both nationally and internationally in over two hundred exhibitions.   His work is included in more than seventy private, corporate, and institution collections in the U.S. and abroad including the St. Louis Art Museum, Emerson Electric, IBM and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Selected Exhibitions

2001, 04  R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1999        R. Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998        Gallery of Art, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
                Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997-98   Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
1997        del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1996        Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN
                Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1995        The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
                Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith, AK
                Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
                New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM
1994        Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, La Grange, GA
                Okun Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Selected Collections

         St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
         Milliken University, Decatur, IL
         Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
         Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, KS        
         W.R. Grace and Company, New York, NY
         Kranson Industries, St. Louis, MO
         IBM Corporation, Rochester, MN
         Emerson Electric, St. Louis, MO
         Bel Air Summit Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
         John Fairchild and Company, Honolulu, HI
         Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago, IL
         H & R Block, Kansas City, MO
         IBM, Rochester, MN
         Ralston Purina, St. Louis, MO
         Bryan Cave, St. Louis, MO


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