Kenneth Jewesson

Untitled Minimal Pastel Tonal Abstract 1978



Pencil, Colored Pencil


Minimal pastel abstract by San Antonio artist Kenneth Jewesson. The piece is signed and dated by the artist. It is framed in a silver frame.

Artist Biography

Jewesson is a painter, printmaker, ceramic artist, and jewelry maker. His works are not easily categorized. He is associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, artists who combined design elements into their paintings and drawings blurring the line between fine art and decoration. These artists looked to the global world for inspiration often using decorative motifs from Islamic art, Mexican folk art, Roman mosaics, Middle Eastern textiles and more. Jewesson’s inspiration came from the architecture of Santa Barbara, referencing iron gates and architectural details of Spanish colonial architecture. He prefers bright vivid colors – a palette that represents the influence of San Antonio, Texas where the artist lived for many years. Kenneth Jewesson was born in 1939. He studied art at San Fernando Valley State College and later at University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1969, he was appointed to the faculty of the Santa Barbara Art Center. The Brooks School separated from the school leaving the fine art school, which renamed itself the Santa Barbara Art Institute in 1971. Jewesson eventually took the position of Institute Director, but at a time when the school was struggling financially. The Santa Barbara Institute of Art closed in 1974. He then became director of the Glassell School of Art associated with the Houston Art Museum. Later on, he served as director of the San Antonio Art Institute and lecturer at University of Texas at San Antonio. He returned to Santa Barbara in his retirement.

Dimensions With Frame

H 15 in. x W 19 in. x D 1 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 14.5 in x W 18.5 in.
Untitled Minimal Pastel Tonal Abstract 1978