I want to break the barriers between viewers and art. I love to see people reach out, turn the handle, and experience the piece coming to life.
I started my artistic journey in Paris as a child. I was inspired by seeing the master's works which seem to emerge from the canvas. I moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1979 after earning my BFA in painting at Washington University in St Louis.
I started my career painting with oils and water colors, focusing on fractured, kinetic images. I then discovered folk art and art brut and built whimsical ship sculptures full of texture and crazy proportions. I realized that by adding actual movement I can invite the viewer to fully participate in the work.
State of the Arts program featuring the Simply Steampunk show at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey.
An Interview with Ken Draim for his show at the James Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.