Featured Artist Ken Vrana

Painter Ken Vrana’s portfolio offers a variety of perspectives with intriguing, surreal elements. Learn more about this artist and his work by visiting his website.

 

“Easter Island” Oil on Wood Panel, 40” x 30” by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Easter Island” Oil on Wood Panel, 40” x 30”

 

I never paint for a particular audience. I often create paintings that seem to defy any established category.

 

“Guppy Love” Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Guppy Love” Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40”

 

Instead, I paint what inspires me, and hope that collectors will find my work worthy of their attention.

 

“I Call Shot Gun” Oil on Wood Panel, 48” x 40”by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“I Call Shot Gun” Oil on Wood Panel, 48” x 40”

 

Many people comment on the variety of styles and subject matter that comprises my work, but I can’t imagine painting any other way. Painting flowers, landscapes or animals for the rest of my life would be like death to me.

 

“Series 1 Overview” Oil on Wood Panel, 38” x 38”by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Series 1 Overview” Oil on Wood Panel, 38” x 38”

 

I almost never paint small, and most of my paintings are 3′ x 3′ or larger. When I am asked why I paint, I don’t have a complex answer. I simply tell them that I feel I have something to say, and hope others see the value of my work.

 

“Settling for the Country” Oil on Canvas, 24” x 18” by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Settling for the Country” Oil on Canvas, 24” x 18”

 

I was very fortunate to grow up in an area where some of the most famous artists of the century had their studios. As a result, I had the unique opportunity to study with de Kooning, Larry Rivers and Andy Warhol.

 

“Towd Point July 5th” Oil on Wood Panel, 33” x 48” by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Towd Point July 5th” Oil on Wood Panel, 33” x 48”

 

After attending Pratt Institute in New York City, I went on to work as a designer for many years and was later a writer and producer in Los Angeles.

 

“Victorian Iceberg” Oil on Wood Panel with Resin, 30” x 48”by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Victorian Iceberg” Oil on Wood Panel with Resin, 30” x 48”

 

I am often asked what my artistic motivations are, and I have to say that I am blessed in two respects. First, I never suffer from “painter’s block.”

 

“Wool Mittens” Oil on Wood Panel, 48” x 48”by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wool Mittens” Oil on Wood Panel, 48” x 48”

 

I can honestly say that at age seventy, after having painting literally since I was eight, I have never once run out of ideas that excite me. In fact, my only frustration is that there is so much I still want to do.

 

“Zoet Bries” Oil on Wood Panel, 44” x 33” by artist Ken Vrana. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Zoet Bries” Oil on Wood Panel, 44” x 33”

 

I have also been fortunate that buyers generally find me and among those who own my work are two American presidents and many famous actors and athletes—most recently Daniel Day Lewis and Steve Buscemi.

 

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