Ken Porter is a visual artist specialised in pencil drawing. Once a qualified carpenter, the artist experienced the devastation and impact of Christchurch’s earthquakes, allowing him to realise the impermanence in everything. These events helped him to change his life style and his career to pursue what he is passionated about, drawing.
Porter is a self-taught artist, with a well developed and unique style. He pays attention to detail shading, form and he develops a close relationship with the subjects while drawing, as if he is having a conversation with them.
The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Picasso, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe are some of his favourite subjects. He also enjoys the challenge of drawing classic cars and bringing the shiny and different types of surfaces to life. Most of the drawings take at least 40 hours to create.
"Realising the impermanence in everything and that life can change in an instant I changed my career and my life style, I started to draw. I found it to be therapeutic, absorbing, peaceful and creative."