Ken Stark is a life-long artist who has mostly lived and painted in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also enjoys plein-air painting in Georgia and the American Southwest. He is largely self-taught, having studied only briefly at Art Center School in Los Angeles.
Over the years, Ken has had solo shows of his original paintings in galleries and museums in Wisconsin and Illinois. He has also participated in a few group shows in Wisconsin and Georgia. Ken works in oil, casein, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolor.
In addition, Ken has illustrated and/or written five children’s books for Penguin Random House and Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Macmillan. His book art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Illinois and Michigan.
For many years, Ken was the staff editorial cartoonist at a daily paper in Illinois. He is still a prolific editorial cartoonist, whose work is published throughout southwest Wisconsin, including Madison, and occasionally in Dubuque, Iowa.
For further information about his book art, awards and related activities, please see PenguinRandomHouse.com.
I am a realist who sometimes plays with an ironic or humorous twist. Many of my paintings are narrative, thanks to years as an editorial cartoonist and picture book author-illustrator.
My work is a journal of my experiences among the people, hills and valleys of the Driftless region. Mostly I paint from memory, imagination, sketches or on location. I also do editorial cartoons for southwest Wisconsin newspapers, including Madison and sometimes Dubuque.
I began drawing at an early age with my brother Phil, side-by-side, in our rural Illinois home. We never quit. Largely self-taught, I studied two semesters at Art Center School in Los Angeles.
My wife/business manager Chris and I live in rural Richland County, WI, in an 1800s log house we reconstructed. Creating with logs and stones is similar to painting, except harder on the hands.