Ken Tate BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY

Louisiana non-figurative artist Ken Tate’s art explores the more emotional aspects of the human condition.

The impetus for the current work comes from the writings of Beats such as Kerouac and Ginsberg, the writing and short stories of Jorge Borges, the works of abstract expressionists Robert Motherwell, William de Kooning, John Chamberlain and David Smith, as well as the works of Robert Rauschenberg. Another influence is the art of cinema, especially in the framing and editing of film.  But when Ken works in the studio, the art often has a “mind of its own”.

Ken’s work can be seen at the following galleries below.  His paintings have been featured in magazines such as “House Beautiful”, “Traditional Home”, “Coastal Living” and “New Orleans House & Home”.  His work is in private collections in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Nashville, Houston and Jackson, MS to name a few.

"I like the nature of paint and the way it looks and “feels” when it’s squeegeed, smeared, fingerpainted, brushed, squirted, thrown, splashed, dripped, etc.  I also like it when different colors of differing opacities are put next to each other in unnatural arrangements.  Sometimes I cut out pieces of paintings and cut them into other paintings to make something wholly different (Knock Loud, the World is Deaf).  These paintings are self-conscious, but the paintings that are not cut-up have an almost childlike appearance (Joywreck and Beautifulmess) of abandonment.  Some of the impetus for the work comes from the writings of the Beat poets and writers (Burroughs for the “cut-ups” and Kerouac for the child-like paintings).  I’ve also been influenced by the abstract expressionists, jazz musicians, the automatic writings of Masson and early Henry Miller (“Black Spring”), and Outsider artists.

I’m also drawn to visual stimuli usually of a Jungian nature—archetypal but with a modern typology.  However, conveying raw primal experience using acrylic paint on two dimensional surfaces interests me more than using 21st century methodologies like light or video.  When I’m painting, I feel much like early man drawing on the walls of a cave desperately trying to say something unsayable using only shapes and color.  However, my recent discovery of painting on sheets of polypropylene puts me squarely in the 21st century, but the message is still the same—even though the body is archaic and grounded to the earth, the spirit wants to break free—the spirit wants the intangible—the Wordless Void," - Tate

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018:

Group Show – Emergence – Dimmitt Contemporary Art – Houston, Texas

Group Show – Back and Forth – Octavia Gallery – Houston, Texas

Group Show – 10 Years 10 Artists - Octavia Gallery – New Orleans, LA

Group Show – Chromatic Shift – Anne Neilson Fine Art – Charlotte, NC

Two Man Show – Abmeyer + Wood – Seattle, WA

 

2017:

Group Show – Art for the Islands – Charity Auction for Hurricane Relief in Caribbean – Antigua

Group Show – HeArt of Texas Hurricane Disaster Relief Auction and Fundraiser – Houston, TX

Solo Show – Front Room – Work from Fashion Series – Reagan Hayes Showroom, New York, NY

Group Show – Work from Fashion Series – Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC

 

2016:

Group Show - Splash Exhibition – Ann Connelly, Baton Rouge, LA

Solo Show – “Decon + Dilemma” – Steve Martin Fine Art, New Orleans, LA,

Group Show – “Fifteen Minutes” - Cornel Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Group Show – “Trifecta” – Exhibit By Aberson, Tulsa, OK

 

2015:

Solo Show - “Ken Tate” – Ann Connelly, Baton Rouge, LA

Solo Show – “New Work By Ken Tate” – Guthrie Contemporary Art, New Orleans, LA

Solo Show – Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS

 

2013:

Solo Show – Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS

 

2012:

Group Show – 1st Annual Louisiana Contemporary Juried Exhibition - Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA


COLLECTIONS

Cross Creek Pictures, Los Angeles, CA (corporate collection)

Butler Snow Attorneys at Law, Ridgeland, MS (corporate collection)

Baker Donelson Attorneys at Law, Jackson, MS (corporate collection)

Taylor Porter Attorneys at Law, Baton Rouge, LA (corporate collection)

Fishman Haygood Attorneys at Law, Baton Rouge, LA (corporate collection)

Commerce Building, Baton Rouge, LA

Ox Lot 9, high end and highly regarded restaurant, Covington, LA

Iberia Bank, New Orleans, LA (corporate collection)

Republic Business Credit, New Orleans, LA (corporate collection)

Lalaurie Mansion in French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

Marc Appleton, Renowned AD100 architect, Santa Monica, CA

In private collections in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington & Toronto

 

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

Southern Home, March – April 2018

Times Picayune, July 2017

Southern Home, March/April, 2017

Milieu Magazine, Spring 2017

Pelican Bomb Website, November, 2016

Luxe (Houston), 2014

Interiors, October / November, 2014

Times Picayune, August, 2012

House Beautiful, October, 2011

Traditional Home, October, 2006

 

RETAIL MERCHANDISING REPRESENTATION

Bloomingdales Corporation: Painted all the “merchandising art” for their 2017 Spring Collection