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In 1998, Ken Northup returned to painting after a long hiatus devoted to work and family. He prefers traditional realism with oils being his first choice of media.
In January of 1999, Ken began formal studies of both painting and drawing at the Old Church Cultural Center School of Art in Demarest, New Jersey, primarily with Bob Glaisek. Since relocating to Massachusetts in 2000, he has studied with Michael Dowling, Teri Malo and Rosetta Nasisi at the Danforth Museum School of Art. More recently, he has participated in oil painting workshops with Bill Davis, Arnold Desmarais, Robert Douglas Hunter, Joseph McGurl, and Paul Schulenburg. Ken has also taken classes in computer graphics and oil painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Ken’s art has been accepted for juried exhibitions, including, among others, the Attleboro Museum’s “Small Works”, the Duxbury Museum’s “Winter Juried Show”, and the Cape Cod Art Association’s “New England’ and “National” exhibitions. His work has been mentioned favorably in American Art Collector magazine, the Boston Globe and the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. Ken’s paintings hang on the walls of homes throughout the United States and in Europe.
He is a member of the Copley Society of art, Boston; an Artist Member and former Board of Directors member of the Cape Cod Art Association, and the Wellesley Society of Artists.
“I prefer to paint landscapes and still lifes in oils, in a representational style. Being a painter has made me more observant of my everyday surroundings and the potentials for art that are present everywhere. My only regret is that there is not enough time to act on all of these potential paintings.”