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Artist Bio

Kenton Yoder finally gave in to the urge to paint at age 56. Having always been creative, he never seriously considered art as an outlet. Working in the model toy industry, dabbling in stained glass design, and indulging in many creative hobbies served for many years to satisfy his drive to create something unique.

In 2014, at age 56, after watching his daughter paint with watercolors, he expressed a more serious interest in painting. As a birthday gift, his family gave him the basics to begin painting in acrylics, and he went on to do about 125 paintings in the first year. He started painting in the  abstract style because he thought it would be easier while learning painting basics, and because he had never had any talents in representational art. Although, to his surprise, he learned what countless others have learned, that abstract may in fact be one of the most difficult genres in which to paint meaningful works, he continues to enjoy the challenge.

After painting for over a year, he is beginning to find his signature style, which is exploring textures and moods. Mr. Yoder states that his goal is to create paintings which connect with the viewer on an emotional level.

Kenton Yoder lives in north Central Indiana, with his wife and 5 children.

 

Artist Statement

I feel that the purpose of art is to make a visceral, instinctive connection with whoever experiences it. This connection may be as simple as a pleasing combination of colors or forms. It might be a reminder of a profound, life-changing memory that can no longer be recalled. Whatever level  this emotional connection reaches, I believe it is essential. Any intent on the part of the artist to make a deeper statement, be it social, political, or otherwise, will be lost if the viewer does not make a visual, emotional connection with the work.

Whether or not the viewer is able to express or even understand their connection to a work of art, is immaterial. The very fact that an artwork resonates with the viewer validates its existence. It is my goal as an artist to create art that becomes a valued part of the owners life.

 

Exibitions – Shows

GALLERIES / EXHIBIT SPACES

Arts On Main, Elkhart, IN

Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery – one of 6 artists displayed July 2016-June 2017

 

 

EXHIBITS-SHOWS

Elkhart Artwalk Sep 2015

Arts On Main,, solo exhibit, Nov 12-Dec 17, 2015

Elkhart Artwalk, Nov 2015

Elkhart Art League, featured artist March 2016

For The Love Of Art show, Mar 2016

Elkhart Artwalk May 2016

Windows On Main St, Artlink, Ft. Wayne, July 2016-June 2017

Artlink Members Show July 2016

Taste Of The Gardens art show, Elkhart, Aug 2016

Elkhart Artwalk Sep 2016

Elkhart Artwalk Nov 2016 – at Tanglewood

2016 Cash & Carry Holiday Sale, Honeywell Center, Wabash

2016 Prism, ArtLink, Ft. Wayne

2017 Artbeat South Bend, IN

2017 Art Market, Ft. Wayne, IN

2017 Cash & Carry Holiday Sale, Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN

 

 

CONTESTS

Elkhart Art League 2015 Art Contest

Elkhart Art League Fall 2015 Member Show & Contest

Artsyshark 2015 Featured Artist Contest

Artlink Ft Wayne Fishman Gallery exhibit contest

Elkhart Art League 2016 contest

Artlink 2016 Member show

Art Market Magazine Top 60 Emerging Artists 2016, Sep 2016

Elkhart Art League 2016 Member Show

Professional Artist 2016 cover contest

Elkhart Art League Fall Show 2017 – 3rd Place – “Connectivity”

Artlink Regional Art Show 2017

2017 Lakeland Art Assoc Fall Members Show

Lakeland Art Assoc summer 2018 show

Ft. Wayne Artists Guild 2018 Ventures in Creativity

Honeywell Center 2018 themed show – Honorable Mention for “Vibrant Shadows”

2018 LaFontaine Regional Fine Arts Show

2018 Heartland Art Gallery Fall Juried Show – Merit Award for “Remnants”