My journey to meet other artists continues!
Thanks to an introduction by Kristy Garry, Acupuncturist – I met with Ken and saw his work which hangs atÂ O’Bean’s Cafe at the Oak Bay Junction.Â Â The following week, Ken and I both visited Michael Lewis at his studio.
Ken Horn was born in Scotland, studied art in Sweden, and at Croydon Art College in England before coming to Canada in 1975 where he spent a year studying art conservation in Ontario.Â Initially working in black and white Celtic designs, he has since spent a season or two working in clay but from about 1997 to the present finds him concentrating mainly on the use of acrylics.
I really like the characters that Ken develops. Â In particular, The Windmill Girl and Warrior Queen. I highly recommend popping into O’Bean’s Cafe the next time you’re passing by. Each piece tells it’s own story, and is wonderfully illustrated and rendered. Â He’s on my list to purchase a piece in the near future.
Also on my list to collect is Michael Lewis. I was introduced to his work by Bonnie Laird, Artist, and ArtWorks Program Coordinator at The Garth Homer Society.
Michael has the most awesome studio (insert studio envy). If you like comic books, vintage toys, and cool stuff like plastic hula girls and boomerangs, this is a pleasure zone. Clearly his inspiration comes from his passion for the old time funnies, but his work also has a serious side to it which he communicates in a very clever way. And, if you follow Michael on Facebook, you’ll get to know him equally well for his love of puns. For example, Tuesday’s pun of the day, “Heard that fishy artist Arnold Bocklin was drawn to mermaids for models because they worked for scale/.” Â Ok, you get the picture. He’s a funny guy.