Ken Stark

Artist Biography

Ken Stark is a life-long artist who has mostly lived and painted in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also enjoys plein-air painting in Georgia and the American Southwest. He is largely self-taught, having studied only briefly at Art Center School in Los Angeles.

Over the years, Ken has had solo shows of his original paintings in galleries and museums in Wisconsin and Illinois. He has also participated in a few group shows in Wisconsin and Georgia. Ken works in oil, casein, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolor.

In addition, Ken has illustrated and/or written five children’s books for Penguin Random House and Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Macmillan. His book art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Illinois and Michigan.

For many years, Ken was the staff editorial cartoonist at a daily paper in Illinois. He is still a prolific editorial cartoonist, whose work is published throughout Southwest Wisconsin and occasionally in Dubuque, Iowa.

For further information about his book art, awards and related activities, please see

Artist Statement

I am a realist who sometimes plays with an ironic or humorous twist. Many of my paintings are narrative, thanks to years as an editorial cartoonist and picture book author-illustrator.

My work is a journal of my experiences among the people, hills and valleys of the Driftless region. Mostly I pain

Ken Stark
Combo by Ken Stark
11 x 14 in.
Driftless Rembrandt by Ken Stark
Driftless Rembrandt
9 x 12 in.
Pizza Eaters (After Van Gogh's "The Potato Eaters") by Ken Stark
Pizza Eaters (After Van Gogh's...
9.5 x 12 in.
Snow & Ice by Ken Stark
Snow & Ice
16 x 20 in.
Survivor by Ken Stark
12 x 16 in.
The Optimist by Ken Stark
The Optimist
12 x 16 in.
The Poet by Ken Stark
The Poet
8 x 10 in.
Woody in Wisconsin by Ken Stark
Woody in Wisconsin
20 x 16 in.