QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Ken Salaz (b. 1970)
Ken Salaz was born in 1970 in southern California and spent his youth living in numerous locations with his family including Mexico, the Southwest United States and the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia. His ancestral heritage is a rich blend of Native American and Irish. As a child and teenage, he constantly drew the changing landscapes and people during his travels with his family. After graduating from Cooper Union, Mr Salaz spent several years traveling the world, through Asia, Central and South America, and Europe painting landscapes and making copies of Masterworks at numerous Museums. He continued his education with Leonid Gervitz of the Repin Academy and Nelson Shanks. He trained three years at The Water Street Studio of Jacob Collins and spent two summers with him at the Hudson River Fellowship in the Catskill Mountains. He is currently a Senior Fellow and instructor at the Fellowship. His mastery of technique shows a diverse flexibility of expression, allowing him to capture a wide range of light effects. In addition, his solid background in traditional techniques used by the “Old Masters” also allows him the groundwork to create works that have a unique poetic expression. His work is held in numerous prominent collections across the United States. His work and processes have been featured numerous times in notable Magazines and Publications such as “Fine Art Connoisseur” and “Plein Air”. Mr. Salaz is seen by many as a new and unique voice emerging from the tonalist tradition, such as George Inness, and breaking into new ground with his own modern voice of Poetic Realism.
In addition to being a masterful Artist, Mr. Salaz is a highly accomplished Magician, Mentalist, and Pick-Pocket, entertaining such celebrities as Bruce Springstein and Jimmy Fallon. He currently lives with his wife and son in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.
“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all beauty came from."
The pursuit of classical painting has been a passion all my life. It is a great challenge, a beautiful pursuit and a rewarding gift to myself and those around me. No serious pursuit of the craft and artistry of painting can leave a person indifferent to the mysteries and wonderment of the world around us and within us. In an age where the ideas of having a Noble Pursuit are almost vanishing, I feel it is imperative to the world today and humanity that the creation of Artwork that strives towards Harmony, Truth, and Beauty be brought into existence without apology. To obtain this, I approach each canvass with the Heart of a Poet, the Mind of a Philosopher, the hands of a Surgeon and the Vision of an Eagle. The paintings are created to evoke in the viewer the questions of who we are, why we are here, and how we can live for the betterment of humanity. In order to create landscapes that aren’t simply copies of nature, but rather the Poetic Expressions of fleeting moments, I have delved deeply into the studies of Philosophy, Religion, Optics, Anatomy, Color and the Great Poets such as Homer and Rumi. I deeply believe it is the function of Masterful Artwork to be a vehicle that elevates the viewer and all of humanity to a state of transcendent certainty that beauty is eternal and ever-present. These paintings are a mirror reflection of our joys, sorrows and triumphs as human beings, and they strive to evoke the finest in the viewer. I hope these works are as feeding to your Mind, Heart and Soul as they have been to mine during my participation in their creation. May they inspire you to seek your own Noble Pursuit.
2014 - The American Landscape Juried Show: Beverly Street Studio, Staunton, VA, Juror - Steve Doherty
2014 - ARC International Salon - Three landscape paintings were selected as Finalists.
2014 - Honorary Prize of Excellence - Ridgewood Art Institute, Juried Show
2014 - The American Landscape: A Juried Exhibition. Juror - Steve Dougherty, “Plein Air” Magazine
2013 - Grand Prize - Cranford NJ Plein Air Competition, Juror: Peter Trippi of “Fine Art Connoisseur” Magazine
2013 - Honorable Mention - Salon International Greenhouse Gallery, TX, Juror: Daniel E. Greene
2013 - ARC Salon, Landscape Painting Finalist
2013 - Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY - Selected American Landscape Exhibition
2013 - Limner Gallery, Hudson NY Juried Show.
2013 - San Diego Art Institute International Juried Exhibition
2013 - Lynchburg Academy of Art, Juried Show, VA
2013 - Honorary Prize of Excellence - Ridgewood Art Institute, Juried Show
2013 - Connecticut Academy Juried Exhibition
2013 - Boonton NJ Plein Air Exhibition
2012 - Sagamore Hill Plein Air Exhibition
2014 - Cover of Plein Air Magazine - Featured Artist - Interview on Artwork and Painting methods.
2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur - Artwork displayed as recognition as Finalist in Arc Salon International Competition.
2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur - Artwork displayed and recognition for Grand Prize at Cranford Plein Air Competition.
2011 - Plein Air Magazine, - Interview with Ken Salaz , Jacob Collins, and Edward Minoff
Oil Painters of America
California Art Club - Out of State Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Teaching , Fellowships, Grants and Invitationals
2014 - Instructor at Grand Central Academy’s Husdon River Fellowship
2013 - Cranford Plein Air Invitational
2012 - Sagamore Hill Plein Air Invitational
2011 - Dana Gallery Plein Air Invitational
2010 - Hudson River Fellowship - With Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff and Travis Schlatt
2009 - Hudson River Fellowship - With Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff and Travis Schlatt
2008 - Marchutz Scholarship - Aix En Provence, France.
2008 - 2011 Grand Central Academy
2010 - Robert Moore Plein Air workshop.
2006 - 2008 - Art Students League Instructor - Nelson Shanks
2004 - 2006 - Leonid Gervitz of the Repin Academy - Private Instruction
1989 - 1992 - Cooper Union
1988 - 1989 - Carnegie Mellon
Ken Salaz - (b. 1970)
Annunciation - Spring Sunrise
Oil on canvas
32 x 48 inches