About the Artist

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter working primarily with acrylic on canvas and occasionally drawings and paintings on paper.  

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa his early interest in art was nurtured by student classes at the Des Moines Art Center and in particular by their Artist in Residence, Frank Limone.  It was clear upon high school graduation he would continue to study art in college.  

He received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art where he studied with Stephen Greene and continued his formal education at the University of Arizona studying with James G. Davis, where he received an MFA in Painting in 1984.

His curiosity and love of travel has led him to live and work in a wide variety of cities across the United States including San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Key West, FL and Santa Fe, NM.  All these locales have had a lasting impact on his practice.

Sloan’s work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The highly symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  More poetic than merely descriptive, the work moves between lush and starkly theatrical.  Recurring themes are fragility and strength, old and new, the expected and unexpected, loss and resiliency. His current work occasionally includes the figure after an absence of nearly 15 years.  This new imagery is opening up new narrative and conceptual possibilities.

In addition to his studio practice, he has been a visiting artist in residence at universities around the United States and occasionally teaches upper level painting classes in Denver.  He exhibits regularly in one-person and group exhibits around the country.  

His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Phoenix Art Museum,  Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Tampa Museum of Art and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 

 


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Education

Master of Fine Arts in Painting, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1984
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1981

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Gardner Colby Gallery, A Delicate Balance, Naples, FL

2015   Clark Gallery, A Delicate Balance, Lincoln MA
           Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, An Artist and a Naturalist: John James Audubon and Kevin Sloan

2013   Ironton Gallery, The Naturalist’s Notebook, Denver, Co
           Clark Gallery, New Paintings, Lincoln, MA
           William Havu Gallery, Introducing Kevin Sloan, Denver, CO

2012   Richard J. Demato Fine Art, Kevin Sloan, New Paintings, Sag Harbor, NY

2011   Gardner Colby Gallery, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Naples, FL
          Gilman Contemporary, Modern Parables, Sun Valley, ID

2010   Gardner Colby Gallery, Menagerie, Naples, FL

2009   Gilman Contemporary, Strange Eden, Sun Valley, ID

2008   Gardner Colby Gallery, Dreams and Allegories, Naples, FL

2007   Lisa Sette Gallery, The Sacred Ordinary, Scottsdale, AZ

2005   Lisa Sette Gallery, Memories and Allegories, Scottsdale, AZ

2004   Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
          Gardner Colby Gallery, Exotica, Naples, FL

2003  Chiaroscuro, Innocence and Experience, Santa Fe, NM

2002   Lisa Sette Gallery, Retablos, Scottsdale, AZ

2001   Chiaroscuro, El Sagrado Teatro, Santa Fe, NM
          Gardner Colby Gallery, The Garden Of Earthly Delights, Naples, FL

2000   Lisa Sette Gallery, Tabula Rasa, Scottsdale, AZ

1999   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New Still Life Paintings, New York, NY
          Lisa Sette Gallery, The Poet's Garden, Scottsdale, AZ

1998   Lisa Sette Gallery, Ancient Cornucopia, Scottsdale, AZ

1997   Gwenda Jay Gallery, Offerings and Meditations, Chicago, IL
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Tableaux Vivants, Scottsdale, AZ

1996   Galerie Simonne Stern, Elegance and Decay, New Orleans, LA

1995   Lisa Sette Gallery, Poetry and Jasmine, Scottsdale, AZ
          Eva Cohon Gallery, Paintings From an Elysian Garden, Chicago, IL

1994   Koplin Gallery, Music of the Spheres, Santa Monica, CA
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Paintings From Arcadia, Scottsdale, AZ

1993   Braunstein/Quay Gallery, The Garden of Earthly Delights, San Francisco, CA
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Old Poems, New Prayers, Scottsdale, AZ

1991   Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Introductions, San Francisco, CA
          University of Montana, Paintings, Missoula, MT
          Etherton/Stern Gallery, Paintings, Tucson, AZ

1990   Lisa Sette Gallery, Recent Paintings, Scottsdale, AZ

1989   Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Recent Paintings, Scottsdale, AZ

1988   Tucson Museum of Art, Emerging Artists, Tucson, AZ
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
          Mesa Gallery, New Paintings, San Francisco, CA

1986   Davis Gallery, Tucson, AZ

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016   Stephanie Chefas Projects, Selfie, Portland, OR
          Modern Eden Gallery, Platinum Blend 2, San Francisco, CA
          Abend Gallery, Animalia,  Denver, CO
          Arvada Center, Art of the Sate 2016,  Arvada, CO
          Gardner Colby Gallery, A Delicate Balance, Naples, FL

2015   Arvada Center, Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real &Surreal, Arvada, CO
          M.A. Doran Gallery, National Contemporary Realism,  Tulsa, OK

2014   M.A. Dornan Gallery, National Contemporary Realism, Tulsa, OK
          Clark Gallery, April Flowers, Lincoln, MA
          Antler Gallery, Brink, Portland, OR
          Gardner Colby Gallery, 20th Anniversary Show, Naples, FL

2013   Ironton Gallery, Annual Group Show, Denver, CO

2012   Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art, Random Acts of Time, Santa Ana, CA
          Richard J. Demato Fine Art, Rejuvenation, Sag Harbor, NY

2011   Harrison Gallery, White on White, Key West, FL

2009   Clark Gallery, Flower Power, Lincoln, MA
          Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI

2008   Clark Gallery, Salon Show, Lincoln, MA
          Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Annual Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA
          Gilman Contemporary, Big Impressions, Sun Valley, ID

2007   Gilman Contemporary, New Paintings, Sun Valley, ID
          Gardner Colby Gallery, A Walk on the Wild Side, Naples, FL
          Fresh Paint, Desire, Culver City CA

2004   Turner Carroll Gallery, Colors Without Lines, Santa Fe, NM

2003   Lisa Sette Gallery, The Garden of Compassion, Scottsdale, AZ
          Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Magic Realism: A New Generation, Pueblo, CO

2002   Lisa Sette Gallery, Living in the Presence of the Buddha, Scottsdale, AZ
          Wyeth Hurd Gallery, The Magnificent Subject: Friends From the John Sloan Drawing Group, Santa Fe, NM

2001   Lisa Sette Gallery, Italianate, Scottsdale, AZ

2000   Fresh Paint, Update 2000, Culver City, CA

1999   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, Summer Group, New York, NY
          Tampa Museum of Art, Contemporary Citrus Imagery by Florida Artists, Tampa, FL
          University of West Florida Gallery, Florida Fellowship Exhibition, Pensacola, FL
          Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art & Design, Florida Fellowship Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
          Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Exhibition, Tallahassee, FL
          Deland Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Exhibition, Deland, FL

1998   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, Gallery Artists and New Talent, New York, NY
          Polk Museum of Art, Florida Fellowship Exhibition, Lakeland, FL
          Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tribute, Tucson, AZ
          Broward Art Guild, Salon de Refuses, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1997   Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA 1996
          Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
          Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL
          Etherton Gallery, 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
          Microsoft Corporation, Print Exhibition, Art Walk 12, Redmond, WA
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Natural Selection, Scottsdale, AZ

1995   Lisa Sette Gallery, New Views, Scottsdale, AZ
          Microsoft Corporation, Art Walk 11, Redmond, WA
          400 South Hope Associates, Musical Instruments as Art, Los Angeles, CA

1994   Riverside Art Museum, Slice of Life: Contemporary Still Lives, Riverside, CA
          Halls Gallery, Contemporary Realists, Kansas City, MO
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Small Works, Scottsdale, AZ
          Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
          Shasta College Gallery, Redding, CA

1993   Hollis Taggart Galleries, Washington, DC
          Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Alumni Invitational Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
          Lisa Sette Gallery, Small Works, Scottsdale, AZ
          San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, What Heaven Looks Like, San Jose, CA
          San Jose State University, What Heaven Looks Like, San Jose, CA

1992   Lisa Sette Gallery, Small Works, Scottsdale, AZ
           Susan Cummins Gallery, Why Painting, Part I, curated by Bill Berkson, Mill Valley, CA
           St. Mary’s College, The Crucifixion Through the Modern Eye, Moraga, CA
           Zen Center Hospice Guest House, Still Lives, San Francisco, CA

1991   Susan Cummins Gallery, The Sacred Landscape, Mill Valley, CA
           Upaya Gallery, June Salon, San Francisco, CA
           Southern Exposure Gallery, Wet Paint, San Francisco, CA
           Upaya Gallery, Contemporary Art I, San Francisco, CA

1990   The Old Pueblo Museum, Selections From Local Corporate Collections, Tucson, AZ

1989   University of Arizona Museum of Art, The New/Old Landscape, Tucson, AZ
           Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
           Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1988   Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Landscape Anthology, New York, NY

1987   Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, New York, NY
           Condeso/Lawler Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, New York, NY
           Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
           Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery, Tucson, AZ
           Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1986   Laguna Gloria Museum, New American Talent, Austin, TX
           San Diego Art Institute, 1986 National Juried Exhibition, San Diego, CA
           Yuma Art Center, 21st Southwestern Invitational, Yuma, AZ
           Greensboro Artists' League, 17th Annual National Juried Competition, Greensboro, NC
           Pensacola Junior College, National Landscape Exhibition, Pensacola, FL
           Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery, Annual Juried Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
           Rancho Linda Vista, Post-Modern Renaissance Paintings, Oracle, AZ
           Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Biennial, Tucson, AZ

1985   Tucson Art Institute, Tucson Festival Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
           Zgany Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1984   Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
           Olive DeLuce Gallery, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
           Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

1983   Central Arts Collective, Invitational Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
           830 Gallery, Tucson, AZ

 

Public Collections

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
City of Oakland, Oakland, CA
General Electric, Chicago, IL
Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City, MO
Hilton Hotel Corporation, Tucson, AZ
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
McDonalds Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Four Seasons Hotels, Scottsdale, AZ
Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY
Monaco Hotels, San Francisco, CA & Seattle, WA
Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Prudential Life Insurance Company, Newark, NJ
Salt River Project, Phoenix, AZ
Security Pacific Bank, San Francisco, CA
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
St. Regis Hotels, Dana Point, CA
University of Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, UT
US West Communications, Denver, CO
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Miami, FL
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ
Delta Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam
Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. Phoenix, AZ
Houston's Restaurants, Phoenix, AZ
Princess Cruise Lines, Los Angeles, CA
State University of NY University Art Museum, Albany, NY
Investment Advisory Services, The Woodlands, TX
Crawford Hotel, Union Station, Denver, CO

 

Awards

Best in Show, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO, 2016
State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, 1997
Gold Award, Art of California Magazine, 1992
Honorarium, "Wet Paint" Exhibit, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1991
Bemis Foundation Residency Fellowship, Omaha, NE, 1991
Tucson/Pima Arts Council Fellowship, Tucson, AZ, 1988
Award of Merit, "Arizona Biennial" Exhibit, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 1988
First Place, "Greensboro Artists' League 17th Annual National Juried Competion", 1986
Grumbacher Award for Painting, "New American Talent" Exhibit, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX, 1986

 

Teaching

2016 Atelier Instructor, Art Students League of Denver
2009 Visiting Artist, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
1999 Visiting Artist, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
1993-94 Adjunct Faculty, Drawing, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1991 Visiting Artist, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
1982-84 Graduate Assistant, Drawing, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

 

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