Blacktop - Folk Art
Ken Gentle 'Blacktop' is a modern-primitive full-time artist who began painting at an early age as a way of sharing his experiences of growing up in the South. Over ten years ago he began creating multi-media paintings, drawings and collages that include water colors, chimney soot, enamels, and acrylics. These paintings typically start with a base of 'black tar' on wood, tar paper, or cardboard (hence the moniker 'Blacktop'). His modern-primitive style complements the stories he tells.
Many years ago, I saw several paintings by Milton Avery, John Marin and Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and recognized that art is not as complex or as simple as it's made out to be, but rather it comes from your heart and soul, not from your mind.'
My paintings, drawings and collages are a process of storytelling - bringing and invoking the past and spirits into people and environments. They are also about a way of life and the events that have changed our lives. I focus on contemporary social and political issues which include the complexities of relationships. Scenes of people at work and play, old houses, churches, baptisms and the struggles of everyday life are my favorite subjects. I have a passion for telling the stories of growing up in a time where the simple pleasures of life were important and cherished.'
His paintings can be found in galleries, businesses and many private collections around the world. Recently 10 of his works pertaining to the Holocaust were acquired by Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. The Rome Georgia History Museum recently acquired his artist proof of the Noble Brothers Foundry.
Commissioned work available 912-677-2845