Leslie Lovell, Savannah GA
King Orth in the Hazelnut Orchard

Kevin Orth - Folk Art Painting

Kevin Orth is a visionary artist often expressing spiritual messages through is paintings. Also known as King Orth, El Conde, and Old King Orthy-- he began as a writer and editor and quickly switched to making artwork in Chicago in the 80s. Kevin began showing on the street, in bars and small galleries and moved on to major solo shows in New York and Chicago.

His work has been shown at the American Visionary Art Museum, The Terra Museum of American Art, the Illinois State Museum and in art centers and public collections large and small across the States. Orth has also led many art workshops in schools, started an art therapy program for HIV patients in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and worked and showed widely with the late Chicago legend Mr. Imagination.

As his art career was taking off in 90s Orth suddenly left Chicago and moved to the Oaxaca coast of southern Mexico, disappearing from the art scene for 15 years.

Returning to the States he began a commercial painting and finishing company and continued to produce a huge volume of artwork, while raising a family in Texas.

After a spell of serious, almost deadly heart issues, Orth made a recovery and has a studio in rural Oregon, on a 106 acre hazelnut orchard--celebrating 30 years of making, showing and selling artwork for collections large and small.