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Ken Hodgson
Wallasey, Merseyside, United Kingdom Thank you for taking the time to peruse NAPA's website. Here is a little about myself. I was born in Old Swan, Liverpool in 1936. Although I was always keen on art, and now wish that I had followed my desire to be a commercial artist. I entered a safe job as a shipping clerk. I was advised that art would never make me a decent living! So I was put off my stride by the old concept that there’s no money in art – except when you’re dead! The result was that I did not commence to paint seriously until I was in my early forties when challenged by a friend. “Ken you can draw well, why not paint?” This challenge I took up and I started by painting using the traditional mediums of oil and watercolour. After some years, I was introduced to the vibrancy and richness of the acrylic medium, when I became friends with a fellow painter whilst completing two art courses and doing my Bachelor of Arts degree with the Open University. My interest in acrylics continued. Further enthusiasm for this medium was stirred by Wirral Society of Arts lectures held at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, especially from a Nicholas Horsfield and a Mike Fenner. Eventually all this led to the development of the National Acrylic Painters’ Association (NAPA) in August 1985. Our first exhibition was held in the Wirral in November of 1985, supported by several friends. Adrian Henri - acclaimed painter and poet -  became NAPA's First President in 1986. Since the inaugural show NAPA has been to many areas of the country, and has attracted world wide interest and membership. In 1995 in conjunction with our present President Alwyn Crawshaw, and Linda Gunn, an American member, NAPA USA was founded, (now known as ISAP). The NAPA Council is very active in ensuring the future and wellbeing of the Association. When I commenced painting my main focus was on landscape and seascape scenes. Gradually as I moved to using mainly acrylic pigment I was encouraged by another friend to become more adventurous and experimental with the medium. This has resulted in my work moving towards abstraction. For some time now I have been focussed upon producing one- stroke paintings, which are produced by rotating the canvas as the work proceeds and controlling the final composition by choice of layering and colour. The end product has an emotional interpretation, which often has spiritual connections and significance. However, I am at present experimenting with other abstract approaches.
(Founder and Honorary Life Member of NAPA)