Ken has been painting faces for most of his life and gleaning inspiration from my varied and somewhat unconventional life. He feels it is absolutely vital that he records the faces of the most extraordinary characters he has met on his travels. A form of history if you like.
Ken works in whatever medium he has to hand, be it a piece of charcoal or a palette of oils. The medium and the paper/canvas are not important. The inspiration is everything and he uses shapes as a starting point. It doesnt matter how beautifully painted a picture is, it will not work unless the shapes are correct. If the finished painting does not cause a reaction, then it has not been worth painting. It is not enough to replicate what is in front of you, there has to be an injection of artistic license that belongs to you.
1926 Born in Lambeth.
Societe des Pastellistes de France (PVP)
1997- Solo Exhibition at The Holborne Museum in BathVarious and many exhibitions since in England and France, most recently in November 2008 at Frost and Reed, St James' Street. Currently four works in a pemanent exhibition at Abbaye de Flaran and in June 2010 a solo exhibition of some 60 works at the Abbaye de Flaran, Valance sur Lie (1 hr from Toulouse) for a period of two years.
Ken Paine Nowhere to Hide by Penelope Lee
Ken Paine - his life and work - Written by Michael Simonow and available in the Mall Galleries Bookshop.
There has been a television programme made about me and my work which was shown on SkyArts on a cyclical basis (maybe it will come around again) Painting Faces - Ken Paine.
There have also been various DVDs produced by the Pastellistes de France.