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Much of my work might be characterized by pattern, repetition and layering of pencil strokes, tone and object abstractions on paper. At the root of my work is a fascination with the quality of line, mark, and stroke of the pencil or brush on the page. I apply tone to paper using pencil as well as a variety of brushes including fingerprint and makeup. I think of my work as a spiritual practice. I strive to create a pencil stroke or gesture that is “alive” in much the same way the Zen calligrapher creates a line that is “alive” by focusing the mind.

An ever-present influence in the images I create is wabi-sabi. Often associated with the aesthetic of the Japanese tea ceremony, wabi-sabi recognizes beauty in the imperfect, worn, aged, faded, simple or crude. I often strive for a look of faded tone or an imperfect wash in my work. The small areas of paper where no tone is deposited by the brush or pencil fascinate me.

Less obvious in my work, yet present, are the role of memory, recollection and the subtle atmosphere of familiarity that is created in my mind as I work. I continue to find inspiration in the paintings of the Abstract Expressionists I discovered as a child; Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshile Gorky, Joan Mitchel, Franz Kline and on and on. My work is forward looking while being informed by my earliest impressions of art.

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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 139
Minneapolis, MN
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eketelsen@fiercefrogstudios.com

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Call 763-333-4141

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Large Drawings On Paper

Untitled (1A18d)

Original carbon pencil drawing on paper, 30 x 22″h. Polished metal frame approx. 34 x 26″h.

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Untitled (006L18d)

Original mixed media drawing on paper, 26 x 40″h. Unframed.

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Akimbo

Original drawing, carbon pencil on paper, 26 x 40″h. Black wood frame, 29 x 43″ h, 2″ deep.

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Untitled Crossroads (16K028d)

Original powdered charcoal drawing on paper, 26 x 40″ h. “Gun metal,” frame, 34 x 46″h.

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Untitled (008L18d)

Original mixed media drawing on paper, 30 x 22″h. Polished metal frame, approx. 38 x 26″h.

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Smaller Drawings On Paper

Untitled (12L18d)

Original powdered charcoal drawing on paper, 11-1/2 x 13-1/2″h.  Black wood frame with white mat, 17-1/4 x 21-1/4″h.

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Dance of Galanta (001E19d)

Original powdered charcoal drawing, 11-1/2 x 13-1/2″ h.  Unframed.

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Untitled (18M18d)

Original powdered charcoal drawing on paper, 11-1/2 x 13-1/2″h. Unframed.

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Untitled (15L18d)

Original powdered charcoal drawing on paper, 13-1/2 x 17-1/2″ h. Black wood frame with white mat, 17-1/4 x 21-1/4″h.

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Blue Drawing (007E19d)

Original mixed media drawing on paper, 13-1/2 x 17-1/2″ h. Unframed.

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Untitled (014E19d)

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, 13-1/2 x 17-1/2″ h. Unframed.

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Cloudscape (009E19d)

Original mixed media drawing on paper, 13-1/2 x 17-1/2″ h. Unframed.

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Untitled (013E19d)

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, 13-1/2 x 17-1/2″ h. Unframed.

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Pan Pastel On Paper

Untitled (21H19d)

Original pan pastel on paper drawing, 36 x 18″ h. Polished metal frame, approx. 38 x 20″ h.

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Untitled with Red Square

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, approx. 19 x 14″ h. Black wood frame with white mat, 25-1/4 x 19-1/4″ h.

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Untitled In Red

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, approx. 19 x 14″ h. Black wood frame with white mat, 25-1/4 x 19-1/4″ h.

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Untitled

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, approx. 8 x 8″. Black frame with white mat. 16 x 16″

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Untitled With Blue Bluff

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, approx. 8 x8″. Black frame with white mat, 16 x 16″.

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Untitled With Red Hills

Original pan pastel drawing on paper, approx. 8 x 8″. Black frame with white mat, 16 x 16″

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