“My jewelry pieces reflect the invisible energetic forms that are around us, connect us and are inside of us. They tend to take shape in abstract forms, and also resemble organic organisms like creatures, animals, beings, plants, trees, etc. All of my pieces have symbolism and have a narrative that revolves around universal creation and my Native American roots. I make my pieces with a direct and open approach to try and let my subconscious come through and reveal new meanings. I think of jewelry as a sacred form of protection and an enhancer of one's personality, so originality and boldness embody my work and I hope it inspires the wearers to express their inner power as well.”
Kenneth Marez Jr. (Ken Fury) is an artist working in multiple mediums including, painting, jewelry, music, dance, photography, and filmmaking. He is from Pueblo, Colorado, with origins descending from Native American and Hispano bloodlines from New Mexico. His art explores the duality of nature such as creation and destruction with an emphasis on multi-dimensional figurations, abstractions, and spaces, eroticism, and transformation. “My art is part of one expanding environment that focuses on stimulating all the senses while relying on intuition to create spontaneous works that attempt to pierce the core of emotion and spirit.”
His approach encompasses all his art forms including breakdancing. Ken’s signature style has won him over 30 of the top dance competitions around the world. He has taught at New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and the Jakarta Institute of the Arts. He has performed at Central Park Summer Stage, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, and The Smithsonian in Washington DC.
Ken’s fluidity in movement bleeds over into his artwork. His paintings focus on emotions through the vibrancy of colors, shapes, and inter-dimensional characters that tie into his indigenous roots. Ken Fury specializes in one-of-a-kind sculptural jewelry that is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques. His jewelry has been featured in art galleries, boutiques, film productions, and publications. Ken Fury started making jewelry in 2006, he is self-taught, and also graduated from Studio Jewelers Ltd. in Manhattan.
In 2010, Ken began his experiments in music with the idea of merging his poetry and paintings into a sonic space. He has self-produced and released three albums, Flowers Fall Asleep, Moonlight Bloom and The Cry of Nature’s Birth. Ken has performed at underground music venues in New York City, along with performing on WFMU radio station. Ken Fury is working on his fourth album Rain Over Clouds, that will be released in 2019. Ken Fury is currently based in New York City.
Photo of Colorado by Ken Fury