Artist Feature: Ken Moylan

Posted on May 7th, 2018

Artwork by Ken Moylan

Knowing since the early age of five that he would someday become an artist, Ken Moylan has been creating art his entire life. Ken’s artistic style is based in realism. His contemporary artwork is very precise, illusionistic and highly crafted. “I combine traditional techniques and materials—such as painting, sculpture, woodworking, intarsia, precious metal leaf and iwa enogu—that fit with the subject, theme and time period of each new piece,” he explains.

Ken is a McKnight Fellow and has received several State Arts Board grants. Though Ken is currently not showing his work at any galleries, throughout his career he has exhibited his art with several galleries across the country. Ken’s artwork is included in numerous public, private and museum collections.

Ken is originally from Eveleth, MN. He attended University of Minnesota-Duluth for two years and received a bachelor of fine arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). He worked at MCAD for almost ten years before pursuing his current career as a full-time fine artist.

Ken’s connection to Simpson Housing Services is multi-faceted. “In the 1980’s, I lived one block away from Simpson, so I was familiar with the neighborhood. My wife works for Cargill and was an organizer of volunteers to prepare meals for residents at Simpson for several years. Our daughter and I have also volunteered at Simpson in the past,” says Ken.

This is Ken’s fourth consecutive year of making and donating original artwork for Art 4 Shelter. “I am very happy to contribute to this worthy cause,” he adds.

Ken Moylan’s artwork may be viewed on his website: