The deep concerns of Kevin Sloan

The deep concerns of Kevin Sloan

Sometimes you discover an artist to whose work you only can make a bow, out of deep respect. This I do for artist Kevin Sloan, a magical realistic painter. His work is marvellous. It echoes the Birds of America of J.J. Audubon and the beautiful nature prints of Maria Sybilla Merian. The details are brilliant,  the colours soft, yet luscious and vivant.

Birds of America: The Donation
On his website www.kevinsloan.com we can read that '...Sloan's work is a deep concern and respect for our planet particularly its "silent inhabitants" - the animals and plants we share this world with. Through allegory and symbolism he expresses this concern and at the same time reminds viewers of the wonders in this extraordinary world.
He seeks to create a compelling body of work that can speak about our modern technological environment and simultaneously present images of natural balance, odd, unexpected beauty and mystery. His work consistently refers back to nature but also acknowledges contemporary society and thus creates a dialogue between the modern world we've created and the fragile, quiet, yet always present natural environment. Often lush, sometimes stark and theatrical, Kevin Sloan's "allegorical realism" paintings always ask more questions than they present answers. They aspire to start a conversation about our relationship with nature in this modern, technological and quickly changing era....'
Sloan finds his inspiration in the many artists from days goneby who accurately studied and illustrated the newly discovered natural world.  The general public loved these discoveries, bought prints and books, and when possible collected the wonders of nature, together which 'incomprehensable' wonders and precious collectables made by man himself.
The satisfied hare
Sloan states 'With the addition of an allegorical and narrative element, my current work continues to explore natural history art as well as the sense of wonder and curiosity found in the Old Cabinets of Curiosities. The natural world, now mostly understood and familiar is also increasingly threatened, making it once again rare and exotic. Freed from the need to describe for science, I can describe the natural world and our interaction with it through an allegorical, social and political lens.' What can I add to that? Nothing....just enjoy.
Consequences of Hypenosis


Sloans work can be seen in the following museumcollections:
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
State University of NY University Art Museum, Albany