“Ken Slossberg paints in his own distinct representational style of Photorealism. He intentionally manipulates color, light and shadow to create a subtle feeling of passive reflection in his work. This passive reflection is enhanced by the fact that he paints mostly from photographs he has taken himself in his travels and everyday life. He studies the photographs and crops the images into a composition that best characterizes the scene and emotion he wishes to convey.
This process creates an indelible mood that is twice removed from reality: life, life captured, life painted.
Many of his compositions are comprised of characters that share a visual interaction, not with the spectator, but with one another. While admiring his paintings, the viewer is engaged with the central human or animal figures’ visual attraction to other people or objects. Though his subject matter can be somewhat austere at times, his paintings become alive with texture and movement.
Looking carefully at his work, we find a composition that is rich and vibrant with depth and warmth. His figures may appear passive, but Slossberg’s representations are vibrant, active and engaging.
His approach to painting creates a poetic realism in all of his work.
Slossberg would do well placed among the artists Edward Hopper, David Hockney and Chuck Close. He plays on similar themes and tones, but infuses his own painterly sense of capturing time and space. Populated by uniquely ordinary and not so ordinary characters, he creates an extra-ordinary world of beauty and color.
-Jyson McLean, Commercial and Film Director