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Roberts, Ken

Cadiz, KY


notecards, sculptures

Born in Cadiz, KY, Ken Roberts moved to Michigan with his family at age ten. He earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Michigan State University in East Lansing and went on to work in the commercial art field. Ken did design, illustration and Art direction for several advertising agencies in Ohio and Michigan. He then worked in California as a free-lance illustrator for 20 years before moving back to Kentucky in 1995. He chose Kentucky as a place to retire because of its reputation for support of the arts.


Building a house on Lake Barkley, near Cadiz, Ken began to create paintings and sculpture. After being involved for many years with creating two-dimensional designs, in 2000 he began experimenting with sculpture. He gave his first sculptures to family and friends, and with encouragement, started his own sculpture business in 2003. He credits his creation of fish to life on Lake Barkley


Ken uses only found and re-cycled materials in his work. He enjoys scouring building sites to gather scrap wood, which he then uses to begin his designs. He also uses recycled pop cans, discarded nails, and rusted found steel. He heats these metals on his barbeque to tarnish and bring out colors in the metal and then cuts, welds and forms them into his unique sculptures.


Works by Ken Roberts can be found at Bee Bee’s Artists, Paducah; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.