Perhaps visual artist Ken Shotwell should be given a golden paintbrush. After a ten year career in space(NASA) systems design and nuclear engineering, Ken Shotwell began to follow his passion for fine art in the mid-1980's and in the first only three years, his reproduction prints have been sold over three and a half million copies and can be found as far afield as China and Soviet Union(Russian), as well as in the headquarters of Fortune 500 firms.
A University of Pittsburgh graduate, his first three years as a published artist earned him a reputation as “World's top selling creator of prints”(New York Times,April,1988). In fact,everyone has probably seen his work somewhere, in the background of TV soap operas, on the walls of home,hotels and offices.But, neither they nor many in the art world have the slighest idea of his real identity.
He answered laughingly “I am not trying to keep myself a secret, it's just a series of Fate twists”when asked.
That 3.5 million prints in sales is based on arround 120 original paintings. But, if you go to galleries and stores to check out his work, you may have a hard time determing which are his becasue he's used a number of pen names such as Lesle Louken for the Art Deco fans,Chain Chatell for pastoral scenes.
It was very few case to see his original paintings with Ken Shotwell's signature at general gallery and shops,since his goal was to do major works for big corporations like Fortune 500 firms and International organization like United Nation on commission except reproduction prints on these days.
Shotwell is listed in “Who's Who in Americak Art(published by MARQUI'S)” which is one of most reliable references for critics,curators,librarians,collectors,educators of museum,university,auction house,etc.
His originals are owned by major Fortune 500 Corporations, Museums, Univeawrsity, and some his original paintings were auctioned by Christie's of New York.
He is one of the most versatile talents of the 21'st Century, and one of the most popular.