PETER KEPHART

Peter Kephart was born and raised in New Jersey, and spent a number of years in sales, marketing, and advertising prior to embarking on a more creative career path. He departed corporate America for a sabbatical in 1990 to study studio arts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Kephart has lived and worked in numerous towns and cities in the mid-atlantic region, and now does so in the wooded mountains of West Virginia, where in 2004 he discovered his proprietary Firepainting technique. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally as follows:

October 2015: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV. Invited to participate in regional group ‘Exhibition 280’, curated by Patterson Sims of MOMA and The Montclair Art Museum; Firepaintings.
March 2015: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC. Group exhibit; 36th anniversary of Zenith; Firepaintings.
December 2014: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC.  Solo exhibit, Firepaintings, with live demonstration.
April 2014: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC.  Group exhibit, 35th anniversary of Zenith; Firepaintings.
December 2013: Spectrum Miami Art Fair, Miami FL.  Group exhibit;  Firepaintings
March 2013: Fountain Art Fair, NY NY.  Group exhibit, 100th anniversary of original Armory show of Modernism; Firepaintings.
December 2012: Fountain Art Fair, Miami FL.  Group exhibit; Firepaintings.
May 2012: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC.  Live Firepainting demonstration and solo exhibit.
May 2012: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  Shanghai International Art Fair, China, chosen to represent AJM in official exhibit catalog by China’s Ministry of Culture.
April 2012: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  Beijing International Art Fair, China; Firepaintings.
February 2012: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  Solo exhibit; Firepaintings.                                              
December 2011: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC.  Live Firepainting demo and solo exhibit.
September 2011: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  Shanghai International Art Fair, China. Chosen to represent AJM in official exhibit catalog by China’s Ministry of Culture.
August 2011: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  Solo exhibit; Firepaintings.
May 2011;  A.Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY.  SanFrancisco International Art Fair; Firepaintings.
April 2011: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY.  Beijing International Art Fair, group exhibit; Firepaintings.
January 2011: A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, NY NY. Group exhibit; firepaintings
December 2010-February 2011: Zenith Gallery, Washington DC. Solo exhibit; firepaintings
October 2010: Swann House, Washington DC. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings
February-March 2010: Amsterdam Whitney gallery, NY NY. Group exhibit; firepaintings.
December 2009-March 2010: Select Office Suites, NY NY. Sponsored private solo exhibit, two locations; firepaintings.
September 2007: Swann House, Washington DC. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings.
August 2007: Rosenfeld gallery, Philadelphia, PA. New talent group exhibit; firepaintings.
November 2006: Ranquist Development, Chicago, IL. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings.
October 2006: AB Development Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings.
July 2006: Berkshires Arts Festival, Berkshire mountains, MA. Outdoor arts fair, group: firepaintings.
May 2006: Swann House, Washington DC. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings.
March 2006: Artexpo, Javitz Center, NY NY.
November 2005: Cirkers Fine Arts, NY NY. Sponsored private solo exhibit; firepaintings, works on metal.
October 2004: Smithtown Twp. Arts Council, Mill Pond NY. Selected for juried group exhibit, Donald Kuspit, juror: drawing
September 2004: Caladan Gallery, Beverly MA. Selected for juried group exhibit; works on metal.
October 2003: Wohlfarth Galleries, Washington DC. Solo exhibit; works on metal, fingerpainted landscapes.
2001-2002: Levels, WV. Dismantled and reconstructed a late 19th century country store, into a dream home and studio.
1999-2001: Washington DC. Devoted nearly all time to the practice and creation of art, specifically fingerpainting in oils.
September 1995: Prince Georges Arts Council, Greenbelt MD. Selected as first exhibitor for the inaugural show at the opening of a new federal district courthouse.
October 1994: Margaret Smith gallery, Ellicott City MD. Group exhibit; fingerpainted landscapes.

Additionally, between 1998 and 2012 Kephart has hosted eleven alternative space exhibits between New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, and Washington State.

Awards
July 2010: West Virginia Division of Culture & History, Charleston WV. Best of Show, juried statewide landscape competition; firepainting

Museum Collections
July 2010: West Virginia State Museum, Charleston WV. Firepainting purchased for permanent collection.

Media Coverage
January 2015: The Washington Post, exhibit review by Mark Jenkins with image
January 2015: The Washington Post, exhibit announcement with image
December 2014: The Washington Post, exhibit announcement with image
March 2014: Environmental Art; Trees, Leaves and Roots; book collection of international environmental artists by Ashley Rooney and Margery Goldberg.
December 2013: Art Business News, selected as a ‘must-watch artist’ for 2014
November 2012: The Washington Post, Washington DC  Half-page critical review by Mark Jenkins.
June 2012: Artnews magazine, NY NY  Exhibit review by critic Mona Molarsky.
June 2012: Washington Post, Washington DC  Discussion of Zenith Gallery exhibit by critic Mark Jenkins.
December 2011: Urban Revival Media, Washington DC  Live Zenith Gallery interview internet broadcast.
December 2011: Fox News, WTTG Washington DC  Live Sunday night coverage of Firepainting demonstration at Zenith Gallery.
May 2011: The New York Times , NY NY  ‘Fire outside exhibit of Firepaintings’, Colin Moynihan
January 2011: The Hill Rag, Washington DC. Review of Firepainting exhibit at Zenith Gallery
December 2010: Fox News, WTTG Washington DC. Live interview with Holly Morris, Fox morning news
April 2006: West Virginia Magazine, feature article

Contact
website www.petesfingers.com
email pete@petesfingers.com

Peter Kephart
The Firepainter
3114 Frenches Station road
Levels, WV 25431
304-492-5066 or 540-686-0861 cell