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Kerry Ridgley

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Lima, Ohio

Birth year

Lives in
Scottsdale, Arizona

Works in
Scottsdale, Arizona


Bowling Green State University, 1976, BFA

modern, abstract, oils, acrylics, canvas, paper, primary colors, radiant, imprints of spirit and earth, Earthy, bright colors, Luminous, desert

The Imprints of Spirit and Earth

The desire to blend compositions inspired by and of the earth, in particular the desert-scape, with the spirit of both that earth and the observer - the one experiencing - of it is what drives my pallete of the three primary colors along with black and white.  One would easily, and logically, conclude that works integrating aspects of the earth, in my case rock faces found in the Arizona desert, would include an earthier palette.  However, my intention is not to simply repeat what the earth looks like by using a realistic set of colors.  Rather, what I aspire to is to incorporate a dimension of spirit - a playful, even jouful, spirit - that visually informs the color choice of the primaries.  This, then, is color metaphor which, in its most basic and elemental sense, is as if a child's spirit is coloring the world.  In essence, such a child is proclaiming, "This is how I feel!"

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