Ken Keirns (Artist)
Oil Painting – Cranially endowed women interlaced with personal experiences and dreams

Ken Keirns is a Northern California artist who grew up in Flint, Michigan. After spending nearly a decade in Chicago, Ken moved out West in late 2007 to paint full-time and complain about the lack of snow. While his primary focus has been working with oil paint, he has been known to deliver the odd sculpture, toy prototype or mixed media piece. His recurrent subject matter revolves around cranially endowed women and monkeys interlaced with personal experiences, dreams, and the occasional bad pun. Ken’s education was in graphic design. He only took a few formal painting classes — he is mostly self-taught through research and trial & error.

Publications:
Spectrum 15, the best of contemporary art, 2008
The New Mythology Exhibition Book, 2008
Lee’s Toy Review Magazine, Coverage of the Gallery 1988 “Toys” exhibit
Hi Fructose Magazine, Volume 7, “Gored” photo
Hi Fructose Magazine, Volume 6, 5 page article
Computer Arts Project Magazine, October 2007
Toy2R Bunny Qee Fiesta Postcard Book, April 2006

BENEATHME, Verses From A White Room, cd cover 2007
Dot Dot Dash: Designer Toys, Action Figures And Character Art, October, 2006
Spectrum 13, the best of contemporary art, October, 2006
Heavy Metal Magazine, March 2006

Shows:
3 Person Show
T&P Gallery Gallery
Philadelphia, PA, September 2009

2 Person Show at Rotofugi Gallery – New work by Ken Keirns & Scott Tolleson
May 1, 2009
Rotofugi Gallery
Chicago, IL, 2009

“Say When” Group Show
Bold Hype Gallery
Orlando, FL, April 4, 2009

Idiot Box
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 2009
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3 Person Show with Ahren Hertel, Ken Keirns & Lyle Motley
Distinction Gallery
Escondido, CA, March, 2009

Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA, January 8 – 29, 2009

Black Market/Black Maria: Skip the Mall
Black Maria Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, Nov 22, 2008

Inaugural Show at T&P Fine Art
T&P Fine Art
Philadelphia, PA, November 7, 2008

Halloween Exhibition
Gallery Provocateur
Chicago IL, October 25 – January 15

MADL Citizens
LIFT
Detroit, MI October 25, 2008

Distinction Gallery benefit for The Lewy Body Dementia Organization
Distinction Gallery
San Diego, CA, August, 2008

Crazy for Cult 2
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA, August, 2008

Carrnivora exhibition
L’Imagerie Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2008

House of Liu Custom Show
APW Gallery
New York, NY, August 22, 2008

Plushform Custom Exhibit
Rotofugi Gallery
Chicago, IL, June 27, 2008

The New Mythology
Dorothy Circus Gallery
Via Nuoro 17, 00182 Roma, Italy April 2008

Carnivora: The Dark Art Of Automobiles
L’imagerie Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2008

Le Premiere
Gallery Provocateur
Chicago IL, March 1 – May 18

Stream of Unconsciousness, solo exhibition
Rotofugi Gallery
Chicago, IL, April 4, 2008

Toys
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2008

Le Premiere
Gallery Provocateur
Chicago IL, March 1 – May 18

The 9th Annual Dirty Show
Detroit MI, Valentines Weekend

Bitters & Sweets
Gallery 1988
Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2007

Valley of the Hairdos
The Venice Contemporary
Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2007

The Witching Hour
Subtext
San Diego, California, October 5, 2007

BFF
Rotofugi Gallery
August 2007
Chicago, IL

Fresh Faces Summer Series
The Venice Contemporary
June 16, 2007
Los Angeles, CA

Hot Babes In Toyland, solo exhibition
Rotofugi Gallery
May 4 – May 27, 2007
Chicago, IL

Picks of the Harvest: Batch 4
Thinkspace Gallery
April 13, 2007
Los Angeles, CA

Spring Invitational
The Venice Contemporary
March 24, 2007
Los Angeles, CA

5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Annual Dirty Show
Valentine’s Day Weekend
Detroit, MI

Lollapalooza 2006, work selected for display

Teddy Troops Invasion
June 2- July 23, 2006
Rotofugi, Chicago, IL

Echo Gallery, Permanent Collection
October 2002- July 2006
Chicago, IL

Toy 2R Bunny Qee Fiesta:
Hong Kong, April 10 – 27, 2006

Valentine’s Day Massacre
DVA Gallery
February 10 – March 1, 2006
Chicago, IL

11eleven, solo exhibition
Parts Unknown Gallery
November 11 – December 3, 2006
Chicago, IL

Sneaker Pimps, the worlds largest touring sneaker exhibition
August 5-6, 2006
Chicago, IL

Chop Shop, custom toy show
July 14-17, 2005
San Diego, CA

“Around the Coyote”
Exhibition – 2001, 2002 & 2003
Chicago, IL

“Lolita” theme show 2001
Thirteenth Floor Gallery, Chicago
June 8th – July 2001

Feitico Gallery
Exhibition – Jan.6 – 30, 2001
Chicago, IL

2001 Niche Awards
Finalist in art competition
Niche Magazine, Baltimore,MD

Sineaters and Eyesores
Solo exhibition, Nov. 7 – 21, 1999
Otherwise Gallery, Lansing MI

Ken Keirns (Artist) Web Site, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Flkr, etc.
Web sitehttp://www.kenkeirns.com/
Bloghttp://kenkeirns.blogspot.com/
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kenkeirns.k2?ref=s
Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kencoart/
Creep Machine Article – http://www.creepmachine.com/interviews/interview-ken-keirns.html
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ksquared













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One thought on “Incredible Dream-Like Figurative Oil Paintings by Ken Keirns

  1. the good thing about oil paintings is that they last very long, they can even last for generations `~:

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