Charles Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition
of paintings by Kevin Bean. This is a survey show featuring figurative
and abstract works done over a twenty-year period.
The artist suggested the title, “I am a Group Show”.
It reflects his interests in exploring color, composition, surface
handling and the painting process itself - within a context of
various approaches to both abstract and figurative painting.
His subjects may be serious or silly, or a combination thereof.
Either way they provide an insight into the artists’ sense
of humor as well as his appreciation for the historical and awareness
of the contemporary - as expressed by Kevin Bean. Abstract works
may be atmospheric, geometric or otherwise, while most of the
figurative pieces are photo based - yet not photographic.
In fact, more often the figures in Beans’ paintings are
not specific people. The viewer is invited to experience the
familiarity expressed in the works, particularly those created
between 1999 through 2004, achieved by subtle portrayals of stance
or gesture. They represent memories and experiences that we identify
as our own, rather than the artists’.
The threads that weave continuity through the works are Bean’s
concern for composition, his handling of the paint and his own,
personal offering of process and surface. The artist has articulated
his own description of his works, referencing them as conversations
between light and color.
Bean completed undergraduate studies at Maine College of Art
in Portland, Maine. He has lived in SF over twenty years, completing
his MFA at UC Berkeley in 1995. In addition to working in his
studio he has been teaching painting and drawing for the past
seven years at Stanford University. This is Kevin’s second
solo show with the gallery. He has exhibited work nationally
and previously showed (exclusively abstract work) with John Berggruen
Gallery in SF. He has gallery affiliations in New York, Connecticut
and San Diego.
Kevin Bean's Artist Page
Kevin Bean - Recent Paintings