rotofugi gallery


Day Dreaming

New Works by Jeremiah Ketner
January 10-February 9, 2014


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All pieces are on cradled wood mounts and are ready to hang as is. All works are signed on the reverse.


1
Fallen Star
Acrylic on Wood
12" x 12"
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2
Butterfly
Acrylic on Wood
11" x 14"
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3
Dreamer
Acrylic on Wood
11" x 14"
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4
Starfish Collection
Acrylic on Wood
12" x 12"
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5
Here Kitty Kitty
Acrylic on Wood
24" x 18"

6
Morning Wings
Acrylic on Wood
16" x 20"
$1,750
Available

7
Lazy Afternoon
Acrylic on Wood
24" x 18"

8
Veil of Flowers
Acrylic on Wood
16" x 20"
$1,750
Available

9
Ideal World
Acrylic on Wood
20" x 16"
$1,750
Available

10
Positive Radiance
Acrylic on Wood
11" x 14"
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11
The Maiden
Acrylic on Wood
18" x 24"

12
Sleepy Kitty
Acrylic on Wood
11" x 14"
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About the Artist / Artist Statement

Jeremiah Ketner's paintings are instantly recognizable amongst his contemporaries in the pop surrealism movement. His early work, characterized by mischievous sprites and whimsical patterns, has evolved into lush, richly colored environments inhabited by a cast of pensive, dreamy young women. Each character presents a unique brand of beauty, created entirely within Jeremiah's imagination and painted completely from memory.

The sprites (which grace the walls of Nordstrom department stores nationwide) still appear as inspiration for custom wooden and vinyl toys. Bringing a three-dimensional surface to life is one of Jeremiah's favorite challenges; the intricate, colorful one-of-a-kind creatures are immensely popular amongst his collectors.

Beyond the designer toy phenomenon, other aspects of Japanese culture — the fabrics and motifs, the meticulous taming of and tending to nature — provide an ever-flowing spring of insight, and Jeremiah travels there as often as possible. "I love the gardens," he says. "They do an amazing job of taking a small space and making it feel like a large environment."

During one trip to Tokyo he observed, "Design in Japan is small and round," which became his mantra of sorts, an enigmatic interpretation of his overall aesthetic. "It loosely describes work from long ago, but I guess it's more of a pen name," says Jeremiah, whose Internet-savvy fans know to look for his "smallandround" persona for frequent updates and photographs of new art.

Though Chicago may be lacking in things small and round, the city features a flourishing artists' community as well as a world-class collection of parks and museums, which Jeremiah frequently explores with his two young sons. Reflecting on the day's adventures gets him in the proper frame of mind for painting. "When I'm in the studio at night, a lot of these things come through… flowers, vines, different types of trees," he explains. "I like the fact that being in the city, everything is more arranged. People tend to treat their gardens differently than if they had sprawling space."


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