BIOGRAPHY

About

I was born in Victoria BC Canada, and at the ripe old age of 2-3, started out as a ‘hard-core recreational visual artist’.

At the age of 18, I found myself picking up the odd illustration job and by 1984, I took on the role of ‘professional freelance illustrator’, working in Victoria for a couple years, then moving to Vancouver to continue freelancing as an illustrator.  In 1989, I added ‘plein air painter’  to the mix and started exhibiting in galleries the next year.

After almost 7 years in Vancouver, I moved back to Victoria to continue freelancing and painting.

34 years later, I’m still at it.  I do less commercial work these days, spend more time painting and have gallery representation for my work in Victoria BC, Kelowna BC, Edmonton AB, and Toronto ON.

In January 2018, I joined the Federation of Canadian Artists.  In February I applied for my 'SFCA' (Senior Member Status).  I was awarded that in March 2018.

Painting

I work both en plein air and in the studio.  Oil is my main medium and enjoy watercolour and acrylic as well.

I love the abstractness of paint and what a brush stroke or a blob of paint can do.  Painting en plein air is a great process.  It’s a challenging and satisfying one.

Although my work is generally representational, I also enjoy non-representational painting.

Whether painting en plein air or in the studio, the reference I’m painting from is only a starting point.  When done, the painting and more specifically the paint is what’s left to look at and consider.  I’m no  longer looking at a tree, a field, rocks, water or clouds. I’m looking at a painting… a three dimensional object.

At the end of the day, I consider the paint itself to be the subject.  Therefore, it’s important for the paint be doing something interesting, to engage the viewer and bring them back for more.

Solo Exhibitions

2018    “Ken Faulks - Commercially Viable”:  Burnaby Art Gallery/Bob Prittie Library, Burnaby BC

2016    “Ken Faulks - New Works”:  West End Gallery, Victoria, BC

2015    "Ken Faulks - An Exhibition of New Work":  Community Arts Council Gallery, Victoria BC

2014    "Ken Faulks - Looking Forward":  West End Gallery, Edmonton AB

2013    "Ken Faulks - "Paintings of Western Canada": West End Gallery, Edmonton AB

2013    "Ken Faulks - A Breath of Fresh Air": West End Gallery, Victoria BC

2012    "Ken Faulks New Work": Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2011    "Bringing Home The Light": Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2010    "Ken Faulks": The Old School House Gallery, Qualicum BC

2010    "New Plein Air Works": Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2010    "Other Places": Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2009    "Going Places": Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2002    “Elements”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC

1999    Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria BC

1998    Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria BC

1997    “Recent Landscapes”: The Lounge Gallery, St. Johns Church, Victoria BC

1995    "Given Space”: Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke BC

1994    Soho Village Bistro: Victoria BC

Group Exhibitions

2018    "Success!" - Federation of Canadian Painters Gallery, Vancouver BC

2017    “Al Frescoes" - Plein Air Painters of Victoria BC”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2017    “H5" - Havenwood 5”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2017    “Big Canadian Stuff - Island Illustrators Society”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2016    "Al Frescoes of Victoria": Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2015    "The mAlfs: Plein Air Gang": Community Arts Council Gallery, Victoria BC

2014    "20th Anniversary Collection": West End Gallery, Victoria BC

2014    "Penticton Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition": Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton BC

2014    "Ashcroft Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition": Ashcroft BC

2014    "Paint The Peninsula Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition": Port Angeles, WA

2013    "Al Frescoes of Victoria": Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2012    "Al Frescoes of Victoria": Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2011    "Al Frescoes of Victoria": Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC

2011    "Journeys": The Old School House Gallery, Qualicum BC

2009    "Ho Ho" Part 1 & 2: View Art Gallery, Victoria BC

2008    “Out of Plein Air”: Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC

2005    “The Small Christmas Show”: The Avenue Gallery, Victoria BC

2003    “Contrasts”: Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery, Victoria BC

2002    “New Works”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC

2002    “Faulks and Mix”: The Goward House Gallery, Victoria BC

2002    “The Painted Landscape”: The Maltwood Gallery, U-Vic, Victoria BC

2002    “Group Show”: The Paprika Bistro and Gallery, Victoria BC

2001    “First Show”: Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery, Victoria BC

2001    “Capturing an Idea”: Bamberton Cement Plant

1998    “Recent Works”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC

1997    “Landscapes”: The Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke BC

1996    “Recent Works”: The Michelle Frost Gallery, Victoria BC

1996    “From Sketch to Painted Picture”: The Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke BC

1994    “Ken Faulks / Nick Pearce”: Herald St. Cafe, Victoria BC

1994    “Ken Faulks / Philip Mix”: Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC

1992    “The 2 1/2”: Swans Hotel, Victoria BC

1991    “The 2 1/2”: Sheck Gallery, Chemainus BC