Sunday, 3 December 2017

Ky Anderson / Kenneth Patchen



Kenneth Patchen
From the book The Walking Away World


Kenneth Patchen
From the book What Shall We Do Without Us, page 22
published 1984


Kenneth Patchen
From the book What Shall We Do Without Us, page 8
published 1984


Kenneth Patchen
From the book What Shall We Do Without Us, page 33
published 1984



Kenneth Patchen
Picture poem



Kenneth Patchen with a collection of his painted books
1957



I grew up in a family of artists so I was exposed to many types of art and artists. As a teenager I began to seek out art work that I felt moved by. My first art book purchase as a young artist, around 14 or 15 years old, was a book of painted poems titled 'What Shall We Do Without Us' by Kenneth Patchen. This was the perfect book for a teenage artist like myself. Full of passion, whimsy, playfulness while also being dead serious. The text of Patchen's poems meander through his paintings as if they are brushstrokes of color. I recognized his process of text and painting as a useful step for me to take as I worked towards abstract painting. Starting with the words and slowly removing them, letting the form, color and line become the words. His painted poems helped me to understand all that could be said with lines, form and color. 

Ky Anderson, 2017



Ky Anderson (US)
New Bridge
2017
acrylic and oil on canvas
81,3 x 76,2 cm



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