Jean Kigel

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Jean Kigel, "Battle Line," 2011, watercolor, 33x40"
Jean Kigel, "Battle Line," 2011, watercolor, 33x40"
Jean Kigel, "Abandoned by the Tide," 2015, oil, 16x20"
Jean Kigel, "Beginning to Sing," 2015, oil, 8x10"
Jean Kigell, "Dragon Vase," 2013, Asian brush on shun, 20x16"

I work to simplify my images, paring down elements to their barest essentials. I produce watercolors, Asian brushwork, prints, and oils.

I work to simplify my images, paring down elements to their barest essentials. I produce watercolors, Asian brushwork, prints, and oils.  The process of traveling between these media, melding techniques from one to another, propels me forward.  Often creating several bodies of work at once, each media informs the others.   My subjects range from biological aspects of earth, water, and air to Latvian cityscapes.  My paintings explore emotional states and the ephemeral.

EDUCATION

Travel to and extensive, informal study in Japan and China 1985 and 2002

MEd Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1969

BA Boston University, Boston, MA 1967

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

Mandala, Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage Venue, Manhattan, NYC 2016

Last Dance, Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage Venue, SoHo, NYC 2016

Maine and the Marine Environment, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Center, Rockland, ME 2015

Seascape and Sea Creatures, Philippe Guillerm Gallery, Waldoboro, ME 2015

Black and White and a Bit of Color, Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro, ME 2015

Sayonara, Summer Island Studio, Brunswick, ME 2013

Ode to Bowdoin Pines, Gallery Framing, Brunswick, ME 2013

Picnic Motifs, Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage Venue, SoHo, NYC 2010

Magic of Maine, Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage Venue, SoHo, NYC 2009

Something Fishy, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME 2005

Japanese Ink Painting Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME 2005

Through Asia’s Eyes, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland, ME 2005

Heritage of the Brush, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME 2001

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Blue Minded, Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA 2016, 2015

52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Sumi-e Society of America, Mobile AL 2015

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Bob Keyes 2015

Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, Grafton, VT, 2016 since 2006

Portland Art Gallery, Portland, ME 2016, 2015

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Kristin Engman 2014

Space Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2014

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Joachim Homann 2013

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Connie Hayes 2012

Floriade, Chocolate Church Gallery, Bath, ME 2012

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Lois Dodd + Nancy Wissemann 2011

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME juried by Philip Isaacson + Dennis Gleason 2010

Spineless Wonders, Atrium Gallery, USM LA, Lewiston, ME 2009

Not Your Usual Whitebeard, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME 2007

Contemporary Print Making, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME 2006

Down on the Island, Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI 2001

Sumi-e Society of America, Charles Sumner Museum, Washington, D.C. 1994

Union of Maine Visual Artists Show Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME, 2012

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Introducing Jean Kigel, Sumi-e Society of America Journal 2016

Focusing on Florals, The Canvas, Jamie Thompson, Maine Home and Design 2015

Windswept Farm, Jodi Shea, Art Collector Maine 2014

A Feast of Entertainment, Dagney Ernest Courier Gazette 2013

Cover Art, If One Petal Falls, Kelly Shepherd, Leaf Press 2012

Art from the Sea, Interview, Cynthia Anderson, Down East Magazine  2011

Pollock Bycatch, Don McManman, Pacific Fishing 2009

Maine Denizens Meet [NY] City, Jessica Block, Bangor Daily News 2009

Art Journey, Kim Fletcher, Lincoln County Magazine 2009

In the Arts, Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram 2008

Cover Art, Station Maine Calendar, Muriel Curtis, Rockland, NE 2008

In Grafton, Stephen Jermanok, Boston Globe 2007

A Brush with the East, Nina Jamison, Eagle Times, Springfield, VT 2006

Cover Art, Prelude to Spring Newsletter, River Tree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk, ME 2006

Cover Photo, Kathleen Galligan, UMVA, Newsletter 2006

Kathleen Galligan, UMVA Newsletter 2005

Lobsters, Lobsters Everywhere, Dagney Ernest Courier Gazette 2005

In the Arts, Philip Isaacson Maine Sunday Telegram 2005

Cover Art, Maine Arts Commission Card, 2002

Cover Art, Journal of Forestry, 2002

Through Asia’s Eyes, Arts&Entertainment, Bowdoin Orient 2001

MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS

Center for Maine Contemporary Art member 2016

Sumi-e Society of American member since 1998

Maine Arts Commission member since 1998

Union of Maine Visual Artists member since 2000

Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME president of board 2001-2003

Port Clyde Arts and Crafts Society president 1998-1994

WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

Asian Brush, University of Southern Maine Continuing Education, Portland, ME 2005-2009

Sumi-e, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME 2007, 2001

Asian Brush, University of Maine Farmington, Farmington, ME 2006

Wet-Mounting Asian Brush, Maine College of Art Continuing Education, Portland, ME 2004

Jean Kigel, "Battle Line," 2011, watercolor, 33x40" 5 months ago
Jean Kigel, "Abandoned by the Tide," 2015, oil, 16x20" 5 months ago
Jean Kigel, "Beginning to Sing," 2015, oil, 8x10" 5 months ago
Jean Kigell, "Dragon Vase," 2013, Asian brush on shun, 20x16" 5 months ago
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