At Play In The Fields; Oil on canvas; 48” x 36"
Hornell , NY
These new paintings have their genesis in the form of on-site watercolor studies done during my travels throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and time spent on the North Fork of Long Island. Each work begins as an observed meditation on nature as I spend days in the landscape capturing the phenomena of my surroundings. I use these experiences as a starting point for larger studio paintings in acrylic and oil, exploring the immersive qualities of landscape. Using projections of the watercolors I concentrate on building an abstract language of rhythm, pattern and color interaction.
About the Artist
Kevin Wixted’s paintings and drawings have appeared nationally and internationally in over twenty solo exhibitions. His shows have been written about in Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, The New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Observer, and the Hudson Review among others. His work is represented in public collections including the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Mississippi Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Noruma Securities, Societe Generale, and Time Warner. Wixted has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, an International Fellowship Faculty Grant and the Excellence in Teaching award from Alfred University, and residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts/ Paris, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and the Patrick Allen Frazier of Hospitalfield Foundation/ Scotland. He is Professor of Painting in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, and co-founder of the Alfred/Düsseldorf MFA in Painting Program.