Ken Flewellyn. A realist painter fascinated by the intersection of diverse cultures, personal histories, and Hip Hop, Flewellyn creates portraits of women that challenge our assumptions about identity and cultural homogeneity.
Inspired by his lifelong love of Hip Hop and his coming of age as a boy during its golden age in the 80s, Flewellyn’s work has always been about music and its impact on his personal vantage point and outlook on the world. As a cultural form, Hip Hop emerged from a localized cultural moment only to evolve into a variegated and international form that would systemically embrace the freedom of appropriation, and the complexity of multiple voices. This idea of cultural heterogeneity has influenced recurring themes in his imagery and has shaped his belief in the positive power of cultural mash-up.
Borrowing motifs and inspiration from Japanese culture and aesthetics, a visual influence in his home since childhood, Flewellyn often depicts women in traditional Japanese garb, silks, and kimonos. The subjects, however, remain anonymous, visible only by hands, body, and gestures, seldom, if ever, are faces or individuals revealed in their entirety. The subject’s identity, as a result, is relayed by the presence of revelatory objects, tattoos, and accessories – external clues that point to something beyond the seen and allow for the aesthetic to prevail over individuation or the distraction of specificity. That being said, however, Flewellyn depicts real women based on actual people – friends, and strangers – anchoring his imagery in reality rather than unrealistic idealizations.
The juxtaposition of formal cultural garb and pop cultural accoutrements keeps the work fascinating. These tightly cropped compositions are always informed by the presence of Hip Hop imagery, whether in the form of boom boxes, tapes, gold chains or typography. Playful and energized with tactility and detail, they’re both sensual and contemporary – solemn and light.

​-Marieke Treilhard

Current and Previous Works by Ken Flewellyn

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  • “Cool Like That”

    (2017)
    $600
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    Oil on wood panel
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Don’t Sweat The Technique”

    (2014)
    $500
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    Oil on wood panel
    ON HOLD
    14" × 14"
    36 × 36 cm

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    • LAX/SFO – Curated show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, CA
  • “Express Yourself”

    (2015)
    $850
    550 GBP
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    Oil on wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England
  • “Flash & Flare”

    (2017)
    $600
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    Oil on wood panel
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Hip Hop Is Dead”

    (2017)
    $1,050
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    Oil on wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • SCOPE Miami Beach 2017
  • “Homesick”

    (2014)
    $200
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    Oil on wood panel
    6" × 6"
    15 × 15 cm

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    • AQUA 2014
  • “Living Large”

    (2017)
    $1,600
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    Oil on wood panel
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Low End Theory”

    (2017)
    $1,900
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    Oil on wood panel
    16" × 24"
    41 × 61 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Puzzlebox (Blue)”

    (2017)
    $400
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    Oil on 5 sun 21 move yosegi puzzlebox with hand wired bluetooth speaker box within
    4" × 6"
    10 × 15 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Puzzlebox (Pink)”

    (2017)
    $400
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    Oil on 5 sun 21 move yosegi puzzlebox with hand wired bluetooth speaker box within
    4" × 6"
    10 × 15 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Stay Gold”

    (2017)
    $1,000
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    Oil on wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Stronger”

    (2015)
    $400
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    Oil on wood panel
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • ‘La Familia’ – Thinkspace 10th Anniversary Show
  • “Triumph”

    (2017)
    $3,600
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    Oil on wood panel
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)
  • “Yo!”

    (2017)
    $1,900
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    Oil on wood panel
    24" × 16"
    61 × 41 cm

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    • Stay Gold (Project Room)