Jean Kigel

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Jean Kigel, Barrens on Finntown, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 28"
Jean Kigel, Barrens on Finntown, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 28"
Jean Kigel, Attic Window Series Rockland Midnight Off Broadway, 2016,  wc, 18 x 22"
Jean Kigel, Muttoning Clouds, Wiscasset, 2017, wc, 18 x 22"
Jean Kigel, Cadillac Look Out, 2016, oil on board, 15 x 30"

My current body of paintings is something I like to call geometric realism.  Using Asian brush, watercolor, and oil media, I pare down to their barest essentials the shapes and colors of the sea, land,  and most recently, attic windows.  I manipulate visual perceptions creating a combination of representation and the geometric energy.  Shifting light becomes circles, squares, triangles and polygrams superimposed on scenes of Mid Coast Maine. In the process, I find that I surprise and delight myself.

EDUCATION

Travel to and extensive, informal study in Japan and China 1885 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 2016-2017

Last Dance, Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage Venue, SoHo, NYC 2016-2017

Eastern Views, Brick House Gallery, Waldoboro, ME 2016

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

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

Portland Art Gallery, Portland, ME 2015-2017

Gallery at the Grand, Kennebunkport, ME 2015-2017

Woodward Gallery, New York, NY Fall Salon 2016

Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA 2015-2017

Archipelago Gallery, Rockland, ME 2016

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

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME Bob Keyes, juror 2015

Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, Grafton, VT, 2006- 2017

Portland Art Gallery, Portland, ME 2015-2017

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME Kristin Engman, juror 2014

Space Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2014

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME Joachim Homann, juror  2013

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME Connie Hayes, juror2012

Floriade, Chocolate Church Gallery, Bath, ME 2012

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

Art in Maine Show, Boothbay Harbor, ME Philip Isaacson + Dennis Gleason, jurors 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 Artists, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME, 2012

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Artist Interviews, Art Maine Annual Guide Susan Axelrod 2017

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, Maine Magazine 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, Down East Magazine, Cynthia Anderson, 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

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

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME 2007, 2001

University of Maine Farmington, Farmington, ME 2006

Maine College of Art Continuing Education, Portland, ME 2004

Jean Kigel, Barrens on Finntown, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 28" 4 months ago
Jean Kigel, Attic Window Series Rockland Midnight Off Broadway, 2016, wc, 18 x 22" 4 months ago
Jean Kigel, Muttoning Clouds, Wiscasset, 2017, wc, 18 x 22" 4 months ago
Jean Kigel, Cadillac Look Out, 2016, oil on board, 15 x 30" 4 months ago
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