2015 Participating Artist
Dennis Kleidon paints robust abstractions that explore the possibilities of paint in action, reveling in color in ways that appear at first to be intuitive, but soon reveal a sure sense of gesture – at once invigorating and calming.
Through decades of sailboat racing, Dennis is influenced by the turbulence of water, the violence of the wind and the complexity of nature’s details, his paintings pair bold strokes with complex detail, where the paint smashes against itself to create a ‘whitewater’ of color.
Throughout his career as a university professor and as the founder and owner of Kleidon & Associates, a marketing communications firm, Dennis continued working as a fine artist, drawing on a surprisingly diverse background as a painter, sculptor, graphic designer, architectural illustrator and classically trained pianist. His fine art stretches across a similarly wide range of media from massive welded steel sculptures and photography to large figurative paintings, tightly controlled graphic paintings on film, and abstract paintings on canvas and paper.
Dennis’ recent work captures the live motion of the artist’s hand, layering spontaneity with control, and in that way, inspiring the viewer to see a fresh reality. In paintings that explore illusions of scale, perspective and color, these “explosions of grace and power” create an unexpected visual wellness.