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Ken Nahan (aka Ken Kenan, b. 1960, New Orleans, LA)

I create works in various media including drawing, painting, printmaking and rubbings.  The themes of my work are diverse, and range from simple iconic images, to lyrical line drawings with musical motifs, to more complex and allegorical works derived from overlaying images and text from multiple sources including my own photographs, notable quotes, and selected public domain images.
                                                                                          - Ken Nahan-

In 1983, Ken Nahan graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He also traveled to Europe where he worked under the guidance of his mentor and friend, Max Papart. Nahan has studied various printmaking techniques, creating lithographs at Atelier Grapholith and with Pierre Chave, etchings at Atelier Morsang, and silkscreens with master screenprinter Gary Lichtenstein. Most recently, he has developed and employed a new transfer rubbing technique in his work.

Nahan has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He currently lives and works in New Orleans, LA.

Recent and Upcoming Events:

2017

Octavia Art Gallery, "Celebration," Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

2016

Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Centers Permanent Collection, Commack Expansion, Long Island, NY

2014

TEN Gallery, TEN Gallery Collective Exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Du Mois, "Voyages," Solo Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, http://arte-walk.blogspot.com/search/label/Ken%20Kenan

TEN Gallery, "Pen and Paper," Solo Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

2013

TEN Gallery, "The Artist and His Collection," curator, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Healing Center, "Masquerade," New Orleans, LA

TEN Gallery, "Ten for Ten's Sake," New Orleans, LA

Kempo Academy of Martial Arts, Darien, Westport, and Wilton, Connecticut

Ridgefield Playhouse, Reception with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ridgefield, CT

TEN Gallery, "Wisdom is Fleeting: New Collaborative Works by Rex Dingler and Ken Kenan," New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Healing Center, "Sacred Music," New Orleans, LA

Boyd Satellite Gallery, "Megalomania," a group exhibition curated by Blake Boyd, New Orleans, LA

2012

The Art Salon, Ten Collective group show, "Volley!," New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Healing Center, "Divine Comedy: Celebrating Life and Death," Anbo Dlo V Festival, New Orleans, LA

The Art Salon, "Rubbed," Solo Exhibition, 4432 Magazine, New Orleans, LA

Octavia Art Gallery, "Living with Pop - Emerging Artists and Modern Masters," New Orleans

23rd Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival, Norfolk VA

The Art Salon, Ten Collective group show, "Ready / Set," New Orleans, LA

Du Mois Gallery, Cold Drink III Printmaking Invitational, Leslie Koptcho, curator, New Orleans, LA

Nadine Blake, New Orleans, LA                                                                         

2011

Trouser House, 'Salon des refuses,' New Orleans, LA

NOLA Community Printshop, 'Print is not dead, We are not dead,' New Orleans, LA

Octavia Art Gallery, 'Drawing the Line," juried exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Du Mois Gallery, 2nd Annual Cold Drink Printmaking Invitational, Miranda Lash, curator, New Orleans, LA

Du Mois Gallery, 'per se,' Solo Show, New Orleans, LA

2010

Tartine, Solo Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Artworks, 'Editions at Dawn,' Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Danna Center Gallery, '(Re)Act,' Group Exhibition, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Gary Lichtenstein: 35 Years of Screenprinting,  Ridgefield, CT

Octavia Art Gallery, 'The Colors of Summer,' Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Coup d'oeil Art Consortium, 'Dew Point,' Summer Group Show, New Orleans, LA

Du Mois Gallery, '1st Annual Cold Drink Printmaking Invitational,' New Orleans, LA

Celebrate New Orleans Festival, Mitch Landrieu Mayoral Inauguration, New Orleans

Louisiana ArtWorks, Juried Print Show, juror: Mia Kaplan, New Orleans, LA

1022 Gallery, Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA 

2009

Coup d'oeil Art Consortium, New Orleans, LA                                                           Art and Life Series, Kickoff Preview, U.S. Prime Steakhouse, New Orleans, LA      Palettes and Palates, Benefit for Ochsner Medical Center NICU, New Orleans, LA       Nola Rising United Artist Front Mural Arts Program Benefit, New Orleans, LA            Rohm Gallery, 'The Louisiana Show,' Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA                  Perrin Benham Gallery, 'Outsider Minds,' Curator, New Orleans, LA

2008

Rohm Gallery, "The Best!" Group Exhibition, New Orleans, LA                                Rohm Gallery, Magazine Arts District Exhibition in conjunction with Prospect.1,         New Orleans, LA                                                                                            Terrence Sanders Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

2007

Enchanted Garden Conservatory of the Arts, Solo Exhibition, Ridgefield, CT
Art to the Avenue ‘07, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT
"Draw On: A Week of Drawing in the Community," Drawing Workshop entitled "Musical Dialog," through the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2006

"The Environmental Show," Juried Exhibition, Awarded Second Place, The Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY
"¡PRINT!," Group exhibition, Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY
Westport Arts Center, Members Show 2006, Westport, CT
The University of Connecticut at Stamford, "Reflections of Summer," Group exhibition, Stamford, CT
"Pure C
olor, The Art of Silkscreen Collaboration with Gary Lichtenstein," Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
van der Plas Gallery, "BESTiary," Group exhibition, New York, NY
"Crossing Boundaries", Juried Exhibition, Best in Show, The Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY
Art to the Avenue ‘06, Greenwich Arts Council, exhibition at Prudential Connecticut Realty, Greenwich, CT

2005

The Studio, Armonk, NY, "Winter Solstice IV: Standards & Shifts in Contemporary Art", Group exhibition at The Grand Banking Room at the Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, "The Festive Home"
New York International Art Festival (NYIAF), Opening Night exhibition at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF), New York, NY
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, A PARTY for Pets' Sake to benefit ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue), Ridgefield, CT
van der Plas Gallery, "Group Du Jour," Group exhibition, New York, NY
Curator for "Excursions," An exhibition of works by Herm Freeman, Thomas Hamann, Kim Hanna and Phil Demise Smith, Western CT State University, Danbury, CT
Westport Arts Center, "Eye for the Abstract", Group Exhibition, Westport, CT
Westchester Art Workshop, "Small Works in Conversation", Juried Exhibition, White Plains, NY, Juror: Livia Straus, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Western CT State University, Solo Exhibition, Danbury, CT

2004

Fattahi Fine Arts, Solo Exhibition, Stamford, CT

Member:
Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
The Studio, An Alternative Space for Contemporary Art, Armonk, NY
Westport Arts Center, Westport CT
University of Connecticut, Art Selection Committee, Stamford, CT

Online references:
The Saatchi Gallery, Your Gallery, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery
AskART, The American Artists Bluebook, www.askart.com
Hometown Art Gallery, West Hartford, CT, www.hometownartgallery.com
The Irving Sandler Artists File Online Database, Artists Space, New York, NY, www.artistsspace.org


Ken with Dr. John backstage at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, after presenting him with one of his "Fleur de New Orleans" silkscreens.