ONGOING FUNDRAISER:

In conjunction with our summer pop-up exhibition How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990, the Museum will hold a fundraiser with works on paper and paintings by Kenneth Jewesson from June 21 - August 5, 2017.

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is grateful to Kenneth Jewesson who has donated many of his paintings and works on paper as a fundraiser for the Museum. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. In the fall, Jewesson will be moving and generously shared his pieces, which are on display here on the lower level. 

If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please stop by the Museum and see the works in person, or look at our pricing booklet online Kenneth Jewesson Booklet. For online inquires, please call Katherine at 805-565-6162.

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Outer Module Variation (1980) Acrylic on paper

Jewesson is a painter, printmaker, ceramic artist, and jewelry maker. His works are not easily categorized. He is associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, artists who combined design elements into their paintings and drawings blurring the line between fine art and decoration. These artists looked to the global world for inspiration often using decorative motifs from Islamic art, Mexican folk art, Roman mosaics, Middle Eastern textiles and more. Jewesson’s inspiration came from the architecture of Santa Barbara, referencing iron gates and architectural details of Spanish colonial architecture. In his paintings, Jewesson employs airbrushing, creating layers of shapes over his hand done brushwork; he then uses stencils in repeated patterns across the surface. He prefers bright vivid colors – a palette that represents the influence of San Antonio, Texas where the artist lived for many years.  In his drawings Jewesson often repeated a small motif rotated many times over and seen from multiple vantage points. Jewesson finds the mathematical challenges of repeating patterns and rotations akin to spiritual meditations. He seeks the spiritual realm by finding symbols of “God’s perfections represented as purely as possible by human devices, namely mathematics.” Curator John Palmer Leeper in 1986 described Jewesson’s work as “spiritual diagrams akin to Tibetan tantric art.” 
Kenneth Jewesson was born in 1939. He studied art at San Fernando Valley State College and later at University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1969, he was appointed to the faculty of the Santa Barbara Art Center. The Brooks School separated from the school leaving the fine art school, which renamed itself the Santa Barbara Art Institute in 1971. Jewesson eventually took the position of Institute Director, but at a time when the school was struggling financially. The Santa Barbara Institute of Art closed in 1974. He then became director of the Glassell School of Art associated with the Houston Art Museum. Later on, he served as director of the San Antonio Art Institute and lecturer at University of Texas at San Antonio. He returned to Santa Barbara in his retirement.

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Patterns II (1988) Acrylic on canvas

 
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