Biography

Kevin A. Short is best known and recognized as being in the forefront of the modern scene painting movement.  Author Craig Lockwood described Short as "a new breed of California painters, an original 'Coastal Regionalist.' "  Last year, the Pasadena Museum of California Art  included Short's work in historical context by featuring two of his paintings in the landmark exhibition,  In the Land of Sunshine.  Jean Stern, Director of The Irvine Museum,  heralded him as a "gutsy colorist" and gave Short's work a place in the important exhibition, 100 Years of Plein Air Painting in The Irvine Museum.  His creativity was nurtured in a science-minded family in the small California town of Goleta.  Born in San Diego in 1960, he grew up in Santa Barbara, where his sailing, fishing, and spending long days in the surf gave him a love for the ocean.  Years later, he formalized his studies in oil painting at the University of New Mexico and Pepperdine University in Malibu.  Short further distinguished himself by graduating with honors from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.  In addition to being featured in numerous publications, his own book, Trestles,  has exemplified how artists can draw attention to land use and preservation.  He is also the subject of the documentary film,  Documenting the Vibe.  His work has been featured on the covers of Surfer's Journal and the Los Angeles Times and  Southwest Art Magazine.  Short continues to live, surf,  and paint in Southern California and has a studio in Durango, Colorado.  Kevin A. Short is a full member of the California Art Club.

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