Ken Fermoyle

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KOKOPELLI IN CONCERT digital abstract Digital © all rights reserved
CHASING THE SUN digital abstract
CHAOS digital abstract
CHILD OF THE NIGHT digital portait
SAD, SAD CLOWN digital painting
FRENCH QUARTER BAR digital abstract
PAPAGAYO TIMIDO (Shy Parrot) digital abstract
STEP BY STEP digital photo
MASQUE, 12-29-07 Digital Abstract 12x19 © all rights reserved, Ken Fermoyle
Still Life in Motion, 11/2007 Digital Abstract On Canvas 16x20 © all rights reserved, Ken Fermoyle
Two Squirrels Reading, 2009 Photograph 16x20" © 2009
ZOO TRIP: not a Lucid Scene Descriptor, 2009 Digital 16x20" © 2009
Hwy 101 Trestle
Beached, 2009 Digital Photo 20x24 © copyright 2009 Ken Fermoyle, all rights reserved
Cosmic Ballet, 2008 Digital Abstract 12x18
Tide's UP!, April, 2009 Digital Photo 20x24 © copyright 2009 Ken Fermoyle, all rights reserved
Mind's Eye, July 2009 Digital Painting 20x24
Wedding Dance, Sept. 2009 Digital 12x18 To 36x48
Quick Facts
Detroit, MI
Lives in
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles area
Works in
San Fernando Valley, Topanga Canyon & Ventura, CA
Representing galleries
Ventura Artists' Union, Gallery Now (online), Topanga Canyon Gallery
publication mixed-media, studio-lofts realism, modern, photography, digital

Currently, I concentrate on fine art photography and digital abstract art. My passion for photography dates back to 1938 when, at age 11, I earned my first camera by selling magazines. I got my first newspaper job on a small Detroit weekly in October 1947 while majoring in journalism on the GI Bill. My long career as a photojournalist began in 1949 when I became sports editor on a large Michigan weekly and shot pictures of local sports events.

I sold my first photo essay to the Detroit News Sunday Magazine in February 1952. At the same time, I sold my first freelance article, with photos, on the same subject, sports car racing on a frozen lake outside Detroit, to a car magazine. Since then, more than 2,600 of my articles have appeared in publications ranging from Playboy, Popular Science & PC World to MacWeek, McCalls & Newsweek.

My introduction to computers came in 1979 while I was a supervisor in the Art Dept. at Hughes Aircraft. I began experimenting with desktop publishing in the early 1980s, before Paul Brainerd coined the term. That led me to computer graphics. Hardware & software tools were crude then, but I've continued to pursue digital art ever since.  I got really serious about digital abstracts while legally blind from 2003 to 2005. I could still use a computer with the aid of very strong reading glasses, magnifiers & a large hi-res monitor, but my imperfect vision made my photos and digital images appear distorted. Objects were skewed & colors ran together.

I sold my first digital abstract in a Morro Bay gallery in 2005, just an hour after the opening of an exhibition in which I was a featured artist! I have sold 45 digital photos & abstracts since then, including 5 in one day at the 2006 Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio Tour. I had my first International show, Dos Maestros del Arte Contemporaneo, in Guadalajara last November (2007). Sold four pieces during the opening reception.

Last fall also, I was one of 85 digital artists (out of over 2,900 entries from 40 countries) selected whose work was hung in the Art of Digital ? 2007 exhibit (largest all-digital show in the world to date) in San Diego. Judge was Neal Benezra, director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

As for an interesting life, I was flyweight boxing champ of my Army camp in Texas,  a successful drag racer in the early 1950s, covered 13 Indy 500 & many NASCAR races in the '60s & '70s, won the tri-county California Gold Coast Senior Olympics bicycle race in 1992.

I also co-authored a book on the Vietnam War, wrote a syndicated computer column from 1995 to 2001, have taught photography & computer classes, and have won awards for my photographs, sculpture, ceramics & digital art.

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