pentimenti gallery

Artists: A - G: Kevin Finklea

The new wooden work began in October 2007 during my last show in this gallery. That was a show of paintings that significantly approached a state of immateriality. At that time, I was consumed by the notion that something of such great personal importance could be so easily discarded. Personal convictions seemed as fleeting and dispensable as daily weather reports: data important now, just for now, largely forgotten tomorrow.

I responded by making painted wooden objects. I needed to make things that were verifiable and tactile to counter the state I occupied. I had left object making for pure painting in the year 2000. In returning to objects, I realized the importance of making work as uninfluenced by past experience as possible. I made painted forms as directly as I could without narratives, memories or other past histories attached to the process. I realized this added the burden of expectation to the work. The pieces simply lost their fresh directness when I tried to bring something from the past into the present process. My guiding rule became: glue it, screw it and paint it.

To facilitate my need for rapid production, I used lumber already cut from former projects. Pieces of crates, end stock and wood left from completed works all figured into the making of the new pieces. I actively let these remainders suggest forms. I used paint already mixed from former works. I saw no need to repeat decisions where form and color were concerned. While this could easily appear as trendy recycling; it was the freeing up of my work processes that this provided that galvanized it as my current studio approach. Materials from former works remade and remodeled became completely novel contexts to propel my interests in color and balance.

Kevin Finklea graduated at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (BA). His most recent exhibitions are: Emma Hill Fine Art, the Eagle Gallery, London, England; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN; Reuten Galerie, Amsterdam, Holland. His works are found in private and in selected public collections: museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Bridgepoint Capital Limited, London, England; Wilmington Trust Fund, New York.

17 1/2 x 25 x 3 inches / 44 x 63.5 x 7.5 cmAcrylic on laminated poplar2014
  
22.5 x 3 x 2.75 inches / 57 x 7.5 x 7 cmAcrylic on laminated poplar 2014
  
20.5 x 13.25 x 2.5 inches / 52 x 33 x 6 cmAcrylic on poplar with plywood base 2014
     
  
30.5 x 4 x 5 inches / 77 x 10 x 12 cmAcrylic on poplar with Baltic plywood2012
  
43.5 x 35.5 inches / 110 cm x 90 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel2006
  
5.25 x 11.5 x 10.25 inches / 13 x 30 x 27 cmAcrylic on poplar2012
     
  
Large disc: 9 5/8 x 1/2 inches / 24.5 x 1.5 cmSmall disc: 4 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches / 11 x 3 cmAcrylic on basswood and on plywood2011
  
  
49 x 4 x 17 inches / 125 x 10 x 43 cmAcrylic on poplar2011
     
  
8 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches / 21.5 x 75 x 4 cmAcrylic on plywood on poplar framing2010
  
  
Large disc: 8 x 1/2 inches / 20 x 1.5 cmSmall disc: 2 3/8 x 2 inches / 6 x 5 cmAcrylic on canvas and acrylic basswood filled with poplar2010
     
  
26 x 4 x 2 1/2 inches / 66 x 10 x 6.5 cmAcrylic on laminated maple2011
  
5 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches / 13.5 x 24.5 x 13 cmAcrylic on mahagony2011
  
     
  
9.5 x 7.25 x 14 inches / 24 x 18 x 35,5 cmAcrylic on plywood2009
  
9 1/8 x 7 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches / 23 x 19.5 x 7 cmAcrylic on veneered pine and plywood2010
  
6 1/2 x 6 x 2 3/8 inches / 16.5 x 15 x 6 cmAcrylic on maple2007
     
  
  
13 x 13 x 12 inches / 33 x 33 x 30.5 cmAcrylic on playwood2009
  
27 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches / 70 x 60 x 11.5 cmAcrylic on various plywood2010
     
  
11 x 8 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches / 28 x 22 x 12 cmAcrylic on cedar and plywood2010
  
10 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 11 inches / 27 x 9.5 x 28 cmAcrylic on basswood and plywood2011
  
7 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 inches / 19.5 x 24 x 5 cmAcrylic on sapele and plywood2010
     
  
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 4 inches / 13.5 x 19.5 x 10 cmAcrylic on laminated sapele on plywood backboard2010
  
42 x 53 inches / 106.5 x 134.5 cmAcrylic on canvas2007
  
37 x 47 inches / 94 x 119.5 cmAcrylic on canvas2005
     
  
37 x 30 inches / 94 x 76 cmAcrylic on canvas2006
  
37 x 47 inches / 94  x 119.5 cmAcrylic on canvas2005
  
37 x 30 inches / 94 x 76 cmAcrylic on canvas2006
     
  
40 x 59 inches / 101.5 x 150 cmAcrylic on canvas2007
  
16 x 21.75 inches / 40.5 x 55 cmFramedAcrylic on watercolor paper2007
  
     
  
29.5 x 23.5 inches / 74 x 60 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel
  
23.5 x 29.5 inches / 74 x 60 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel
  
33.75 x 31.5 inches / 85.5 x 80.5 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel2007
     
  
23.5 x 29.75 inches / 60 x 75.5 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel2007
  
30 x 24 inches / 76 x 61 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel
  
30 x 24 inches / 76 x 61 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel
     
  
31.5 x 39 inches / 80 x 99 cmAcrylic on acrylic panel