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Ken Faulks

Photo of Ken FaulksI've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. My Mom tells me that, as a child, I had to draw on every piece of paper available. Even the packaging from shirts etc.

After graduated from high school and thinking about 'careers', I thought about career possibilities such as becoming a machinist at the Dockyard, a job my Dad had done, or becoming a woodworker or builder of some kind. Ironically, visual art was about the last thing I thought to do. Not knowing the job possibilities regarding visual art was probably the main reason for that.After all, there's everything from fine art, graphic design and illustration, to product design etc.

After becoming tired of a string of low end jobs following high school, jobs that included delivering prescriptions, unloading trucks for Canadian Tire among others, I did manage to think of freelancing as an illustrator and started out on that path.

I've been working professionally as a freelance visual artist since 1984, and have I've lived and worked in both Vancouver and Victoria, BC.

Illustration and design projects have included: murals (interior and exterior), logos, illustrated posters, cards, book covers, children's books, cartoon characters, technical drawings, product illustration, and website design.

Illustration & graphic design projects have been done using traditional and/or digital mediums.Traditional mediums have included oil, acrylic, watercolour, airbrush, felt marker, graphite, pen and ink.Digital mediums include: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Corel Painter.
In 1989 I hooked up with a friend of mine, Andy Wooldridge, who had been painting plein air for a handful of months. I went out plein air painting with him and was hooked.
Starting out as a painter, I worked almost exclusively 'en plein air', producing smaller oils on canvas and wood panel. These works were representational. Occasionally, I would take these small plein air pieces into the studio, and translate them into larger works.

In '92 I started producing abstract works. These paintings were influenced by the plein air landscapes I had been painting. During the 90's, subject matter would include landscapes, interiors, figurative, and still life, and the non-representational (abstraction).

Representational paintings have been done using traditional paint media, including: oil, acrylic.

Non-representational paintings have been done using traditional and/or digital paint media, including: oil, acrylic, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter.

I've been exhibiting in galleries since 1989, having both group, and solo shows.

I welcome corporate and private commissions.

BIOGRAPHY:Background
1983 Started freelancing part time as a commercial illustrator, Victoria B.C.
1985 Created Artech Graphics Ltd. and became a full time illustrator, Victoria B.C.
1987 Moved to Vancouver to continue as a freelance illustrator.
1989 Started a part time career as a fine artist working “en plein air” in oils.
1989 Co-created “The 2 1/2” with painters Andrew Wooldridge and Marie Stevens.
1989 Started gallery exhibitions with the other members of “The 2 1/2”.
90-pres Continuing to paint and exhibit paintings in galleries.
BIOGRAPHY:Solo Exhibitions
2013 "Ken Faulks - Paintings of Western Canada";West End Gallery, Edmonton, A.B.
2013 "Ken Faulks - A Breath of Fresh Air";West End Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2012 "Ken Faulks New Work"; Mercurio Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2011 "Bringing Home The Light": Mercurio Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2010 "Ken Faulks": The Old School House Gallery, Qualicum, B.C.
2010 "New Plein Air Works": Mercurio Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2010 "Other Places": Mercurio Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2009 "Going Places": Mercurio Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2002 “Elements”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1999 Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1998 Bean Around the World Bistro and Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1997 “Recent Landscapes”: The Lounge Gallery, St. Johns Church, Victoria, B.C.
1995 "Given Space”: Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke, B.C.
1994 Soho Village Bistro: Victoria, B.C.

BIOGRAPHY:Group Exhibitions
2013 "Al Frescoes of Victoria"; Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria B.C.
2012 "Al Frescoes of Victoria"; Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria B.C.
2011 "Al Frescoes of Victoria"; Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria B.C.
2011 "Journeys": The Old School House Gallery, Qualicum, B.C.
2009 "Ho Ho" Part 1 & 2: View Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2008 “Out of Plein Air”: Mercurio Gallery, Victoria B.C.
2005 “The Small Christmas Show”: The Avenue Gallery, Victoria B.C.
2003 “Contrasts”: Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2002 “New Works”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria B.C.
2002 “Faulks and Mix”: The Goward House Gallery, Victoria B.C.
2002 “The Painted Landscape”: The Maltwood Gallery, U-Vic, Victoria B.C.
2002 “Group Show”: The Paprika Bistro and Gallery, Victoria B.C.
2001 “First Show”: Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2001 “Capturing an Idea”: Bamberton Cement Plant
1998 “Recent Works”: The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1997 “Landscapes”: The Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke, B.C.
1996 “Recent Works”: The Michelle Frost Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1996 “From Sketch to Painted Picture”: The Hidden Space Gallery, Sooke, B.C.
1994 “Ken Faulks/Nick Pearce”: Herald St. Cafe, Victoria, B.C.
1994 “Ken Faulks / Philip Mix”: Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.
1992 “The 2 1/2”: Swans Hotel, Victoria, B.C.
1991 “The 2 1/2”: Sheck Gallery, Chemainus, B.C.



Ken Faulks: South of Vernon Ken Faulks: At Salt Creek Ken Faulks: Hurricane Fog
South of Vernon
8 x 10 in.   Oil on board
At Salt Creek
11 x 14 in.   Oil on board
Hurricane Fog
11 x 14 in.   Oil on board
Ken Faulks: Moody Sky, Ashcroft Ken Faulks: Hurricane Ridge Ken Faulks: Ashcroft Patterns
Moody Sky, Ashcroft
11 x 14 in.   Oil on board
Hurricane Ridge
11 x 14 in.   Oil on board
Ashcroft Patterns
14 x 11 in.   Oil on board
Ken Faulks: Ashcroft Alley Ken Faulks: Cameron Barn - Sears Catalogue Ken Faulks: Salt Creek View
Ashcroft Alley
11 x 14 in.   Oil on board
Cameron Barn - Sears Catalogue
8 x 10 in.   Oil on board
Salt Creek View
8 x 10 in.   Oil on board

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