Ken Faulks grew up in Victoria. He was drawing from a very early age and knew he would be a “visual artist”.
At the age of 18 he was taking on illustration jobs and by 20 was working professionally as a freelance illustrator. In 1986 Ken moved to Vancouver to freelance there.
Ken’s illustration and design projects have included murals, illustrated posters, cards, book covers, children’s books, cartoons, technical drawings and product illustration. He’s used traditional media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, graphite, pen & ink, as well as digital media including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
In 1989, Ken went out plein air painting for the first time and was immediately hooked. A year later he would be involved in the first of many gallery exhibitions.
In the early 90’s Ken moved back to Victoria where he continued to paint both plein air and in studio. Subjects have included landscape, interiors, figurative, portraiture, still life, and abstraction. Although his preferred medium is oil, Ken also enjoys watercolour and acrylic.
At the end of the day, Ken considers the paint to be the real subject. “After all” he says, “that’s what we’re left looking at, so it better be interesting enough to engage the viewer and bring them back for more.”
His work is shown in galleries across Canada.