BORN TO BE WILD @ KML

Press Release 6/8/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – New Preston artist, Paul Sakren will be exhibiting his work in a show titled, Born To Be Wild, at the Kent Memorial Library beginning July 3 until August 31, 2019.

A native of Kent, Paul Sakren grew up in the wilds of Kent Hollow. Always a rebel, he ran away from school and home at age 16 to live in San Francisco in 1966, then ran away from America to live in Ireland for 3 years in 1973, then ran away again with his wife Moira in 1978 to live in Scotland for 4 years. But all the time he rebelled against his urge to paint. Then when his father, the cartoonist and artist Bill Sakren, died in 1991 he rebelled against his rebellion and began to paint in earnest in an attempt to express the juice of his feelings. He began having shows and selling his work around Litchfield County in 1993 and has been exhibiting and selling paintings ever since. His work transitioned from personal visions to abstract landscapes around 2012. Currently he rebels against the art establishment by painting simplistic, harmonious abstracts that don’t fall into any standard category. Always being a lover of natural wildness, his work captures glimpses of a wild alternate universe where simple forms and passionate colors fly in the face of the viewer. He works mostly in acrylic on canvas but also in mixed media and occasionally oils. And when not painting (which is most of the growing season) Paul is on a mission to have plants and wild creatures take over the earth.

Paul’s work has been exhibited in New York at First Street Gallery, in New Haven at ALL Gallery,in Willimantic at Windham Arts Collaborative, in Litchfield at the Outsiders Art Gallery and Forman School, as well as in Torrington at the Warner Atrium Gallery, Artwell Gallery for many years (he was also on its board of directors), Five Points Gallery Annex, Trinity Church in Lime Rock, and libraries in New Milford, Cornwall, and Bridgewater. He has also been part of a number of 14th Colony Artists shows in Northwest CT, including at the RE:Institute and Noble Horizons. Paul’s paintings and photographs are in many private collections mostly in CT but also North Carolina and Scotland. Many of his paintings can be viewed at paulsakren.com or at his studio in Torrington, CT by appointment.

Please join us on Sunday afternoon, July 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for an opening reception to meet the artist. It is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary.