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Gordon Kellenberger - Amana, Iowa

"Throughout the seasons, in the morning and late afternoon hours, I take delight in traveling and experiencing the country roads of Eastern Iowa in my Jeep. I look forward to seeing what is around the next corner and over the next hill. During these travels I find myself experiencing a new sense of light, color and pattern.

Back in the studio my work begins by sketching a sound structure or composition. This composition helps me develop my focal point, patterns and sense of rhythm. Following this sketch I begin applying pastels. Now the work begins to become a series of contrasts: light against dark colors, warm against cool colors, sharp against soft edges, rough against smooth textures, organic against geometric shapes. These elements along with the immediacy and intensity of the medium make painting both challenging and enjoyable.

Finally, as I work I tend to simplify my subjects and infuse them with bright and fresh colors. The resulting intensity and richness convey both my delight in painting and my desire to express 'something good about the Midwest.' "

Gordon Kellenberger is a full time painter working out of the Wasch Haus Studio in the Historic Amana Colony. He graduated with a degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa in 1965. He is a former art teacher and founder of the Amana Arts Guild. In the early 1980s he started the Art Iowa Workshops for artists and educators which still continue today. He is also a founder of the Iowa Pastel Society. Gordon is a past recipient of the Iowa Arts Council's Iowa Arts Award, which honors individuals for their commitment to excellence in the arts.

For more information on Gordon Kellenberger's work, including what we might have in stock, please email or call us at 319.351.8686.

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"Winter Shadows" - Pastel
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