Kevin Grass to show at SPECTRUM Indian Wells art fair March 16-19, 2017 in Booth 213

[PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Kevin Grass will be exhibiting his photorealistic paintings in Booth 213 at the SPECTRUM Indian Wells art fair from March 16-19 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort.

Grass was named the first-time winner of this award from among hundreds of submissions to Redwood Media Group, which owns and produces six fine art shows around the country, in a contest created in partnership with Art Brand Studios. Grass’s prize, to be conferred at ArtExpo in New York in April, will include a $10,000 advance toward royalties for publishing his paintings with Art Brand Studios, an art publishing company known for publishing the work of Thomas Kinkade, the most collected artist in history. Other aspects of Grass’s prize include a half-page advertisement for his booth at the ArtExpo art fair, and promotional opportunities via Redwood Media Group and Art Brand Studios.

“We created the [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards contest to empower talented artists and introduce their work to the world,” said Eric Smith, president and CEO of Redwood Media Group in a recent press release. “We had really wonderful artists submit their work, so it was a tough decision to make, and we are really excited to provide this opportunity to Kevin Grass, a very gifted artist.”

This is the first time that Grass, who grew up in the small Midwestern town of Ste. Genevieve, MO, will visit the deserts of California. His realistic figure paintings, which have been compared to those of Norman Rockwell with a contemporary twist, make a point of commenting on the social issues in American culture.

“I wonder how seeing this part of the country will affect my work,” Grass said. “I am hoping that I will get a chance to see some of this landscape that is so different from the swamps near or Florida home. Our host, one of my art collectors who lives in Rancho Mirage, has kindly offered to take us to Mount San Jacinto State Park and I am hoping to take many photographs for future paintings.”

Thursday’s Opening Night Preview Party from 5-8 p.m. benefits the Desert AIDS Project, and will fit in well with Grass’s most prominent painting at the fair, Love Wins! He created it in homage to his favorite Northern Renaissance artist Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding Portrait after marriage equality was passed in the United States. “I have a gay nephew and I was so glad that he now has the opportunity to marry the love of his life, if he wants to do so,” Grass said.

“Love Wins!” is Kevin Grass’s answer to the legalization of marriage equality in the United States in 2016. This photorealistic acrylic on panel painting was inspired by Jan Van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Wedding Portrait” of 1434.

Other themes explored in Grass’s paintings deal with children and young adults and how technological advances have changed how they interact with one another. His Revolution painting, encourages children to spend less screen time and more time reading, playing ball games, and time with their pets. Intimacy depicts two teens entwined, but facing away from one another, busy texting on their cell phones.

“Revolution.” This painting is on display in Booth 414 [PLATFORM] Award Finalists, hosted by Art Brand Studios, at the SPECTRUM Indian Wells art fair.

“Intimacy.” This painting will be on display in Kevin Grass’s solo booth, No. 213 at SPECTRUM Indian Wells.

For more information about Kevin Grass’s paintings, see this website further or follow him on Twitter at @fineartfan or on Facebookby searching for “Kevin Grass, artist” to see each stage of the process of creating the individual artworks.

Here Kevin Grass is just beginning his “Memento Mori” painting, a traditional vanitas still life that reminds people that we must all die eventually.