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Kevin Muente

Life in the Woods

October 7 - November 26. 2016

Barnes Creek, Olympic National Park 24"h x 48"w Oil on canvas $4500

Winter Twilight 24" x 48" Oil on canvas SOLD

Linville River II 22 x 40 Oil on canvas $3000

Appalachian Apple Orchard II 15" x 20" Oil on canvas SOLD

Pond Near Teklanika River, Denali National Park 27" x 50" Oil on canvas $4500

Sunrise, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park 12" x 24" Oil on canvas SOLD

Storm Over Sable Pass, Denali National Park 30" x 40" Oil on canvas $4000

Appalachian Apple Orchard 15" x 20" Oil on canvas $1300

Wonder Lake 18" x 27" Oil on canvas $1800

Winter, Delaware Water Gap 22" x 46" Oil on canvas $4000

Fall II 24"h x 48"w Oil on canvas $4000

Big Thompson River, Rocky Mountain National Park 4.75" x 10.5" image Oil on paper SOLD

Gettysburg, The Wheatfield 12" x 24" Oil on canvas $1200

Yellow Tree, North Carolina 4" x 8.5" image Oil on paper $500

Red Tree, Mount Airy 11" x 8.5" image Oil on canvas $700

Devou Park from Shelter 8" x 10" image Oil on canvas $600


Life in the Woods: Evocative Landscape Paintings

On View: October 7th – November 26th, 2016

Artist Statement:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what I have to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” – Henri David Thoreau

As a landscape painter I haven’t spent two years, two months and two days in a cottage in the woods like Thoreau, but I have gone there to seek inspiration and to find my calling. As a landscape painter I’m interested in creating environments in my paintings that reaffirm a sense of place for the viewer and touch on the essential facts of life and our connection to nature. I feel my roll as an artist is to experience places deeply and communicate those experiences to the viewer. I consciously pay attention to the noises, smells, and changes in light and temperature of a place, which allows me to be swept up in the environment.

Several of the paintings in this exhibition were done on site and in quick, spontaneous bursts of excitement and passion. They serve as recordings of my time spent in the woods: palaces where time was well spent, places that have helped me discover something about life. Often these paintings serve as studies for more compulsive detailed studio paintings, some of which are also featured in this exhibition.

The larger paintings focus on the more elemental side of nature. I search for moments when the landscape is in a state of flux or transformation, and then paint from life and from photographs to express these moments poetically. My paintings convey nature at very unique or unusual moments, thus capturing the spirit of a place.   


 -Kevin Muente




Kevin Muente received his BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. While working for nationally-known mural artist Timothy Haglund, he assisted in the production of murals at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, the Johnson Wax Worldwide Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and at several private residences. He has exhibited paintings in various national juried competitions and is currently represented by several reputable galleries world wide. This is his first solo exhibition with Marta Hewett Gallery. He a has garnered several awards and honors including the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith individual Artists Fellowship, as well as the Cincinnati Summerfair Aid to Individual Artists Grants. Muente has won several artist residencies at Denali National Park and Preserve, the Wrangell Mountain Center in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, both in Alaska, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Wildacres in North Carolina. His work is in several public and private collections. Muente has previously taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Missouri Western Sate University. He currently teaches art at Northern Kentucky University achieving the rank of full professor.

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