Born and raised in North Carolina, Kevin Bass had the pleasure of being close to the mountains and the coast, which gave him the opportunity to explore different landscapes and surroundings. Kevin’s work is deeply influenced by mountains, flowers growing on a hillside or in garden, and by the waves as they crash on the shore. He soaks up that visual information and then transfers those thoughts, feelings and images to his canvas. Many of Kevin’s professors have influenced him and his work; Gary Nemcosky, Cliff Stuckey, and Denise Baker, to name a few, encouraged Kevin to continue painting and explore his art. Other artists, such as Bob Rankin and Dan Nelson have also been instrumental in helping Kevin find his own voice.
Kevin’s work has been displayed in businesses and galleries throughout North Carolina. He tries to paint every day, and is always learning from his surroundings and exploring new techniques that lead his work in new directions. For the last year, Kevin has been exploring different mediums and glazing methods, exposing layers of paint below. Ultimately, he wants the viewer to explore the work and wonder which layer of paint was first. Asking questions and discussing the piece, for him, keeps the work active.
My paintings are a combination acrylic paint and natural elements. Texture, surface treatments and color are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and compelling presence.
The way I approach making an abstract picture is to start with a concept such as “language” and then ﬁnd ways to incorporate those concepts into works of art. I typically start each painting by building up layers of paint. This helps lay the foundation for the initial imagery and paves the way for the following applications of other mediums.
The next phase of making the painting is the part I refer to as rhythm. This starts the mark making portion of the piece as I begin incorporating expressionistic brush or knife work to create different lines, forms and shapes that get worked and reworked in order to strike the right balance and to create a sense of surface tension that is very important.
The process portion of the work starts happening when I begin applying and removing multiple layers of paint. Once those areas dry I combine natural elements such as sand and mica. I tend to create bodies of work by doing a series of paintings with the same concept and palette. Though consistent in my approach, this allows me to explore different avenues for the work and let the piece develop. As the artist making the work, the unpredictability and potential discovery is very exciting. My ultimate goal is to create an impactful body of abstract art that engages the viewer.