Description The element of surprise is what makes life, movies, books, music and even visual art more interesting; anything out of the ordinary usually grabs our attention. In the music world, when composers add the unexpected to a predictable rhythmic pattern, it is called syncopation. Any beat that is not a strong beat is called an offbeat, and one way to create syncopation is to accent an offbeat. When a subdivision of a beat is accented instead of the beat itself, it is considered a syncopation. When one beat or subdivision is held over into another beat or subdivision, it is called a tie, and this is also a very common way to create syncopation. By expanding the linear rhythms beyond the boundaries of the primary figure and stepping out of the dominate complimentary color scheme, this acrylic painting seeks to transform the musical essence of syncopation into a visual experience.
Kenneth Calvert, Saint Louis Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Ken Calvert, painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and muralist was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his BFA degree from Lindenwood University.
His work demonstrates an ability to handle difficult aspects of the natural world as well as a sensitivity to modernist innovations.
Among his numerous national and international solo and group exhibition credits are Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Rio de Janeiro, Hampton University, Howard University and Morris Brown College.
Calvert’s "Cultural Connections" exhibition opened at the Beach Institute and Savannah State University in Savannah Georgia, in 1998. His works were featured at the Vaughn Cultural Center in St. Louis in 1999. Following his acclaimed exhibition / lecture, “Through the Eyes of a Child” at the Missouri History Museum, Calvert returned to the Beach Institute in Georgia for a yet another solo exhibition in 2003. Calvert is credited with the cover painting for the Missouri Historical Society publication, "Discovering African American St. Louis". Amongst his Murals is “Cornerstones of Courage and Culture” at the St. Louis, City Hall.
Calvert’s painting of Chokwe Chief Ndumba Tembo, is included in the Anheuser Busch “Great Kings and Queens of Africa Series”. He was the 1997 recipient of the "Romare Bearden Award" for artistic contributions to the St. Louis community.