Watercolor painter Kenneth Ferguson is pleased to announce he has received one of four Awards of Excellence for Two Dimensional Art given at the 2012 Geneva Arts Fair on Sunday, July 29.
Online PR News – 31-July-2012 – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Watercolor painter Kenneth Ferguson is announcing he has received one of four Awards of Excellence for Two Dimensional Art given at the 2012 Geneva Arts Fair on Sunday, July 29.
The Geneva Arts Fair, put on by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and EM Events, is a competitive juried invitational art exhibit with a focus on one-of-a-kind, original art work. "The Geneva Arts Fair is a well-respected event that draws artists from around the country,” said Mr. Ferguson. “It was an honor being singled out for an Award of Excellence from among the talented painters who participated in the show this year.” Since 2011, Ferguson has received several awards for his paintings, including a First Place Award for Watercolor at the 2011 Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair and an Award of Excellence at the 2011 Oakbrook Invitational Art Exhibit.
Ferguson is a full-time, professional artist currently residing in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. “When asked I usually describe myself as a historical figurative painter,” he said. “I enjoy bringing life to history with my detailed, historically accurate portrayals of warriors and men at arms. I also enjoy painting the wonderful creatures we share this earth with. My ‘Wee Beasties’ series of small paintings are intimate portraits of birds, mammals and other nature subjects.”
Ferguson, who graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 1981, embraces watercolor as his preferred medium. Collectors and critics appreciate his highly detailed, intensely color saturated painting style. “Many people associate watercolor with a looser, wet-on-wet approach,” noted Ferguson. “I enjoy pushing the boundaries. This is a medium that properly worked allows me to capture a great amount of detail. I've also learned how to manipulate the paint to preserve the pigment's vibrancy while maintaining its translucent nature. This technique is perfect for my historic Native American paintings, where I am trying to capture what can be a very intricate material culture."
Ferguson is also recognized for his innovative approach to finishing his paintings, using a self-devised, carefully researched, archival varnishing process that dispenses with the need for glass. "My collectors in Arizona and the southwest love watercolor but have homes that, to be frank, are not friendly to works under glass," remarked Ferguson. "This fact motivated me to explore other options and I'm glad I did. The approach I use not only eliminates the need for expensive museum glass but also enhances the richness and depth of the work."
Galleries in Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico and Wisconsin have carried Ferguson's work. Currently he self-represents his work and enjoys participating in select juried art shows around the country. "It’s always a pleasure to meet and interact with my customers," he smiled. "There is nothing like seeing appreciation firsthand or hearing what a painting means to someone.”
Kenneth Ferguson Fine Art
Kenneth Ferguson's paintings reflect a distinctive approach to watercolor. From the early years of his career, Ken exhibited an interest in pushing the boundaries of this medium, most often known for its spontaneous washes and atmospheric qualities. In doing so, he has developed a technique that is a blend of both contemporary and Victorian approaches to watercolor painting. Ken's style is the result of a time-consuming method that involves multiple overlays of controlled washes along with dry brush and splatter. Combined, these elements give his original paintings a rich color and pigment saturation seldom achieved in this difficult medium.
Combining figurative imagery with the rich material culture of tribal and military societies of the 18th and 19th centuries, Ken's paintings exhibit an intriguing mixture of romanticism and realism. Ken's deep and abiding interest in history is always present in his paintings, be it a portrait of a Cheyenne Dog Soldier or a Dragoon of Napoleon's Imperial Guard.
Ken currently resides with his wife Diana in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where in addition to painting and doing historical research, he enjoys exploring the region's natural beauty.