Kevin Hetzel

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Collage

Drawing & Painting

Artist's Biography

Kevin Hetzel (b. 1992) is an artist whose work attempts to challenge and restructure the Eurocentric tradition of portraiture and the notion of those that may be held in high regard. Through the investigation of historic cultural influences and genealogy the fabric and interiority of an identity emerge. Based on the segmentation of social and economic status the defining characteristics of class become a means to describe an identity. It is through collaged bank statements, miscellaneous bills, and family photographs, in combination with various modes of depiction of charcoal and oil that his work exists. It becomes apparent the stronger historical account of financial history over family heritage. Through contextual ideas of recognition of the politicized propaganda that has been created of the individual, their body, and their identity, he seeks to depict the individual, the everyday person as a person. Each piece acts as a body representing the individuality of a body. Through laborious brushstrokes and tedious mark making he connects with working class traditions of production. He becomes a body at work creating a body of work.

Artist's Statement

I am constantly questioning, exploring, and investigating the fabric of my own individuality and my experience within the world. It becomes clear that the historic context of cultural influences and genealogy have shaped my interiority of identity. My work attempts to restructure the Eurocentric tradition of portraiture and those held in high regard. As familiar bank statements and bills overlap family photographs it is apparent the stronger historical account of my family’s financial history over my own family heritage. While my experimentation has made me question my own constructs of identity, the more investigative the work becomes in search for honesty, the more exposure I gain in hopes to attain a broader perspective of culture, society, and life by challenging the boundaries of an identity.

Selected Exhibitions

Group
2020
5th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA

10th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Light Space Time
Virtual exhibition

90th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Art League, Douglaston, NY

Annual Juried Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Juror: Michael Gallagher

Contemporary Portraiture: Redefining the Figure, Visionary Art Collective
Virtual exhibition
Curator: Erka B. Hess

Identity II, Envision Arts
Virtual exhibition

Meta-Morph: Pahse I, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Portraits, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2019
Portraits, PAGUS Gallery, Norristown, PA

2018
Faculty Exhibition, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA

2017
Faculty Exhibition, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA

2016
Faculty Exhibition, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA

2015
Art All Night, Art All Night, Trenton, NJ

Ted Carey Art Prize, Gallery 224, Philadelphia, PA

William H. Ely, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2018
"Coming to PAFA for Thoughtful Critiques," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, August 18

2016
"Young artist paints the Devine Mercy," Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA, March 6

2015
"If You Want Me You Should Know," Underground Pool, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2019 - Present
Landon School, Bethesda, MD
Instructor, Oil Painting and Drawing

2018 - 2020
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Instructor, Pre-College Drawing I

2016 - 2019
Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA
Instructor, Visual Arts

Awards & Honors

2021
InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Wind Young Fellowship, Recipient

2020
4th Place (Traditional), Fusion Arts

O'Neil Award

2019
Community Commendation

Professional Development Grant

2018 - 2020
Artistic Excellence Scholarship

2017
Community Commendation

2015
Illustration Faculty Award

Finalist, Ted Carey Art Prize

2012
Crozier Award

2011 - 2015
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Madeline Bean Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
Dean's List Award
Dean's Scholarship

Gundaker Foundation Grant

Citizen Scholar Award

Education

2020
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA

2015
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, with Honors