Kenn Kwint

American, b. 1937


Kenn Kwint has created a dynamic and expressive body artwork that crosses the disciplines of painting, drawing and printmaking. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1937, the decorated Korean war veteran has exhibited his artwork across the Midwest at numerous public museums and galleries alike. The 81 year old artist began painting at the age of 13, and spent much of his early adult life as an accomplished drummer and professional Jazz musician, playing with such legends as Miles Davis and Stan Getz. Kwint received his training at The Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and spent three years as an apprentice in the studio of Plato Prokopis (1959-61).

Painting from his mind’s eye, Kwint prepared his surfaces with various materials such as marble dust, acrylic medium and oil paint. Often, these materials were layered and mixed to create a richly textured surface. Kwint used various tools to carve and mark the surfaces of his paintings, revealing the foundational layers of medium and capturing a unique and expressive mark. Kwint's work explores the innate gestures of painting and acts as a record of his own personal energy. Kwint’s artwork is often non-objective and abstract, offering the viewer an invitation to contemplate and interpret their subjective meanings. His marks echo a primitive, symbolic language- recognizable, yet neither literal nor predictable. Kwint’s paintings ask the viewer to enter the same creative mind-space as the artist and make their own meaning of the visual information in his works.

Kwint has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and the Milwaukee Art Museum. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Racine Art Museum, the Cedarburg Art Museum, Carroll University, Lawrence University, The University of Wisconsin, Ripon College and St. Norbert College, among others.

  • Kwint 13231

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1993
    Acrylic on board
    29 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches

    Signed Kenn Kwint, lower left; signed and dated on reverse.

    #13231
  • Kwint 10074 ur

    Combines, ca. 1980s
    Acrylic on board
    40 x 30 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #10074
  • Kwint 10057 ur

    Homage to the Genome Code, 2001
    Acrylic on canvas
    84 x 72 inches

    Signed and dated Kwint 2001, lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #10057
  • Kwint 10052 ur

    Arcade Piece, 1986
    Acrylic on canvas
    72 x 62 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left; titled and dated on reverse.

    #10052
    SOLD
  • Kwint 14192

    A Place to Enter, 2000
    Acrylic on board
    28 x 24 1/4 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #14192
  • Untitled 16

    Reflections #2, 1993
    Acrylic on board
    40 x 30 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #10060
  • Kwint 10059

    Cages, 1982
    Acrylic on board
    34 x 24 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left; signed and titled on reverse.

    #10059
  • Kwint 10061

    Untitled , ca. 1980s
    Acrylic and pastel on board
    40 x 30 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower center.

    #10061
  • Untitled 14

    Marine Bank Building
    Acrylic on board
    40 x 30 inches

    Signed Kwint and titled on reverse.

    #13811
  • Kwint 10067 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1990
    Acrylic on board
    30 x 24 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left and center right.

    #10067
  • Kwint 10066

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1991
    Acrylic on board
    21 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower left; signed and dated on reverse.

    #10066
  • Kwint 13234

    Heritage #5
    Acrylic on paper
    7 x 12 1/4 inches

    Signed Kenn Kwint and titled on reverse.

    #13234
  • Kwint 13235

    Heritage #6
    Acrylic on paper
    8 x 12 1/4 inches

    Titled on reverse.

    #13235
    SOLD
  • Kwint 13230 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1980s
    Watercolor, ink and collage on board
    37 x 29 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower center.

    #13230
    SOLD
  • Untitled 10

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1985
    Ink and screenprint on paper
    26 x 20 inches
    #13240
  • Kwint 10064

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1985
    Watercolor and collage on board
    26 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
    #10064
  • Kwint 13232

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Acrylic, watercolor and ink on board
    25 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower center.

    #13232
  • Untitled 11

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Monoprint on paper
    9 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed Kenn Kwint in pencil, lower right.

    #13247
  • Untitled 7

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1980
    Ink on paper
    10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower right.

    #13236
  • Untitled 8

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1991
    Ink on paper
    11 1/2 x 8 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower right; dated lower left.

    #13237
  • Untitled 15

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1980
    Ink on board
    23 x 17 inches
    #13233
  • Untitled 9

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1990
    Ink on paper
    8 1/2 x 7 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower right

    #13238
  • Untitled 12

    Fallen Son
    Monoprint on paper
    7 1/4 x 5 inches

    Signed Kenn Kwint, titled and inscribed "Mono" in pencil.

    #13250
  • Untitled 5

    Profiles, ca 1980
    Watercolor, ink and pastel on paper
    9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

    Signed Kwint, lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #13239

Kenn Kwint has created a dynamic and expressive body artwork that crosses the disciplines of painting, drawing and printmaking. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1937, the decorated Korean war veteran has exhibited his artwork across the Midwest at numerous public museums and galleries alike. The 81 year old artist began painting at the age of 13, and spent much of his early adult life as an accomplished drummer and professional Jazz musician, playing with such legends as Miles Davis and Stan Getz. Kwint received his training at The Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and spent three years as an apprentice in the studio of Plato Prokopis (1959-61).

Painting from his mind’s eye, Kwint prepared his surfaces with various materials such as marble dust, acrylic medium and oil paint. Often, these materials were layered and mixed to create a richly textured surface. Kwint used various tools to carve and mark the surfaces of his paintings, revealing the foundational layers of medium and capturing a unique and expressive mark. Kwint's work explores the innate gestures of painting and acts as a record of his own personal energy. Kwint’s artwork is often non-objective and abstract, offering the viewer an invitation to contemplate and interpret their subjective meanings. His marks echo a primitive, symbolic language- recognizable, yet neither literal nor predictable. Kwint’s paintings ask the viewer to enter the same creative mind-space as the artist and make their own meaning of the visual information in his works.

Kwint has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and the Milwaukee Art Museum. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Racine Art Museum, the Cedarburg Art Museum, Carroll University, Lawrence University, The University of Wisconsin, Ripon College and St. Norbert College, among others.

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