KEN FAULKS   SFCA

Visual Artist  •  Canadian Plein Air Painter

ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY & EXHIBITIONS

ABOUT KEN

1964, in Victoria BC Canada… that’s where it all started for me, and by the age of 2, I was already working towards my career as a visual artist.

At the age of 16, I found myself picking up the odd illustration job. By 1984, I took on the role of ‘professional freelance illustrator’, working in Victoria for a couple years, then moving to Vancouver and continuing my freelance adventure.

In 1989, I added ‘plein air painter’ to the mix and started exhibiting in galleries the next year. Along with a number of other painters, Canada’s Group of Seven was a huge influence in my early years of plein air painting.

From my first time painting outdoors, I loved both the experience and process. I continue paint ‘en plein air’ to this day.

At the end of 1992, after almost 7 years in Vancouver, I moved back to Victoria to continue painting and illustrating.

In January 2018, I joined the Federation of Canadian Artists. The next month, I applied for my SFCA (senior member status). I was awarded that in March 2018.

All these 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, Edmonton AB, and Toronto ON.

I’ve been exhibiting my work reagularly as a professional painter since 1991.

ABOUT PAINTING

I work both en plein air and in the studio. Although oil is my main medium, I enjoy watercolour, gouache 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.

Ken Faulks Visual Artist & Canadian Plein Air Painter

STATEMENT

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 paint on a support… 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 to be doing something interesting, to engage the viewer, so they keep coming back for more.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018    “Ken Faulks – New Works”: West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
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    “Ken Faulks – Bringing Home The Light”: Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC
2010    “Ken Faulks”: The Old School House Gallery, Qualicum BC
2010    “Ken Faulks – New Plein Air Works”: Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC
2010    “Ken Faulks – Other Places”: Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC
2009    “Ken Faulks – Going Places”: Victoria Gallery, Victoria BC
2002    “Ken Faulks – Elements”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC
1999    “Ken Faulks”: Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria BC
1998    “Ken Faulks”: Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria BC
1997   “Ken Faulks – 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

2021     “Peninsula Plein Air Painters 2021”: ArtSea Gallery, Sidney BC
2020     “Peninsula Plein Air Painters 2020”: ArtSea Gallery, Sidney BC
2020     “Canadian Whisky Painters 2020”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC
2019     “Al Frescoes” – Plein Air Painters of Victoria BC”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC
2019     “Canadian Whisky Painters 2019”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC
2018     “Al Frescoes” – Plein Air Painters of Victoria BC”: Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria BC
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

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