Three of Ken's designs for Bloomingdale's 2017 Iconic Brown Bag
Ken Tate works with abstract painting forms, tapping into something almost primordial...something archetypal. When he paints, he is drawn to color and shapes, harnessing pure uncontrollable creativity. His mixed media celebrity portraits are very unique impressions of the image and the individual he is working on. He has been commissioned to do over 70 of these portraits and even does corporate commissions as well. Tate is featured in galleries in Oklahoma, New Orleans, New Jersey, The Berkshires, Baton Rouge, North Carolina and California, and has been in eighteen solo and group art shows. His work is in many corporate collections such as Cross Creek Pictures in L.A., Raising Cane's, and in private collections in thirteen states and Toronto. Art Daily, Forbes, Millieu, Traditional Home, Interiors, Luxe and House Beautiful magazine have all published his artwork. In 2017, he did all the marketing “art” for Bloomingdale's Spring Collection the next year. His YouTube video of him painting the triptych The Poet's Dilemma has over 165,000 views.
From an early age, Ken was creative and had exceptional visual acuity. His love for creative forms led him to study architecture at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama after a year at The Atlanta School of Art. In 1974, he received his degree in architecture from Auburn. Since opening his architectural firm in 1984, he has won the 2019 Mizner Award from the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture's Florida Chapter, the ICAA's Shutze Award and many other accolades. He has worked in 16 states and the Caribbean, designed over 70 houses and been published in magazines and books over 150 times during his 37 year career. The edge he brings to his architectural design work is the eye and hand of an artist, which he discusses in his most recent creative memoir, The Alchemy of Architecture: Memories and Insights from Ken Tate. Selected as a 2020 Book of the Year by The Times Literary Supplement, the book is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in the Architectural category.