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ABOUT BEV GEGEN


BIO


Bev Gegen is a painter and artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is best known for her series of abstract compositions as well as her contemporary garden paintings. Her work is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the versatile materiality of paint. When she is not tending her garden, you can find her in studio constantly creating new work.

Gegen studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. Studying under master painter Wilbur Niewald, she was educated in the astute awareness of color and form. She also studied in the studio of painter Philomene Bennet, where she was introduced to an understanding of abstraction and structure. Growing up, her mother was an artist for Hallmark and was Gegen’s first inspiration into the pursuit of artistic creation.

Gegen’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States in Chicago, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Her work can be found in many private and public collections such as the Stower’s Research Institute, University of Northern Iowa, Remax Realty, Intercontinental Hotel, and Mercy Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Pastel Society and the Kansas City Artist Coalition. Her work can be found at Moberg Fine Art Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa and Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas. 


ARTIST STATEMENT


As a child growing up in Kansas City, I spent long summer days with my mother in her flower garden. At this young age, I was inspired by the beauty of the natural world. In this sacred space, I cultivated my awareness of color and form which has carried influence throughout my career as a painter.

I see my paintings as visual impressions of lyrical abstract form. I allow my eyes and hands to work intuitively together allowing my paintings to develop in a naturally free form. I utilize an array of painting techniques each for their own unique material qualities. Using brushes, palate knives, and squeegees, I create thin washes of color contrasted by bold strokes of paint. Frequently, I finish the compositions with drawings in charcoal and oil bar. I continue to work the surface of the canvas until an equilibrium of space is realized. At that point in time, the painting takes on an independent reality of its own.

As an artist who was trained in traditional realism, I view my work as a contemporary mixture of abstraction and representation. Surface qualities, compression of space, and the tactility of paint all play a crucial role in my creations. Inspired by artists such as Claude Monet, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, and Gerhard Richter, I seek to discover new ways of representing the physical world through light, color, and composition. As my work continues to develop, I still remain inspired by my perennial garden with the same fondness and wonder of a child.


CV


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2005 to present

www.moberggallery.com

 

Strecker-Nelson West Gallery, Manhattan, KS, 2005 to present

www.snwgallery.com

Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery

www.evareynoldsfinearts.com


Education

1997-2001    Philomene Bennett Studio

1989-1990    Kansas City Art Institute

1985-1987    University of Missouri at Kansas City


ExhibitionS

2018 Garden Party, André's Confiserie Suisse, Kansas City, MO

2018 Pigments & Patinas, Eva Reynolds Gallery, Overland Park, KS

2018 Little Things Bright & Beautiful, Strecker-Nelson West Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2017 Summer Abstracts, Strecker-Nelson West Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2016  Jersey Shore Solo Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2014  Group Show Moberg, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2013  AbXxIII, group show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2013  Vaporetto Views, solo show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2012  Only the Best, group show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2012  Moberg Anniversary Show, group show, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2011  New Paintings, group show, Moberg Gallery,  Des Moines, IA

2011  Abstract Paintings and Collages, solo show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2009  Beneveda Opening, group show, Beneveda Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2008  New Paintings, solo show, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Gallery, KCMO

2008  Abstract Expressions, solo show, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2007  Abstraction: the Language of Art, group show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2006  New Paintings, group show, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Gallery, KCMO

2006  First Impressions, solo show, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.

2006  Truthful Expressions, group show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2005  Sweet Disorder, solo show, Hallar Gallery, KCMO

2004  Perennial Themes, group show. Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2004  East Meets West, solo show, Hallar Gallery, KCMO

2003  New Works, solo show, Hallar Gallery, KCMO

2003  Jewels, solo show, J Ward Jewelers, KCMO

2002  Perennial Themes, solo show, Charno Gallery, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, KCMO

2001  Spicebush Swallowtails, solo show, Venue Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2001  New Works, solo show, Campanella Gallery, Park University, Parkville, MO

2000  Heartland Artist’s Exhibit, group show, Merriam, KS

1999  21st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, Hamza Walker,  Curator, University of Chicago

1998  KCAC Remembers Exhibit, group show, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, KCMO, Dana Self, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art


Professional Organizations

Kansas City Artist’s Coalition

MidAmerica Pastel Society


Public & Corporate Collections

Stowers Institute of Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri 

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Aviva USA Headquarters, West Des Moines, IA

Wellmark Corporate Headquarters, Des Moines, IA

Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Initiatives, Des Moines, IA

Brick & Gentry Law Firm, West Des Moines, IA

North West Financial Group, Arnolds Park, IA

Remax Realty, Des Moines, IA

Emprise Financial Corp.,Wichita, KS

Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan, KS

Ogletree, Deakins & Nash Law Firm, Kansas City, Missouri

Raphael Hotel, KCMO

433 Ward Parkway Condo Association, KCMO

InterContinental Hotel, KCMO

Milbern Country Club, Overland Park. KS