Ken Stark

Ken Stark

Bio

Ken Stark is an award-winning book illustrator, editorial cartoonist, painter, and freehand graphic artist who has mostly lived and worked in rural Wisconsin and Illinois. The lifelong artist, now of southwestern Wisconsin, is largely self-taught. Oh Brother!–the first book Ken both wrote and illustrated–gives a true glimpse of Ken and his brother’s 1950s country life which fostered their art careers. Orphan Train (by Verla Kay), the third inter-generational history-based book he illustrated, follows three orphans as they ride the orphan train west from New York City. The first book Ken illustrated–Growing Seasons, written by his former neighbor Elsie Lee Splear–was named an International Reading Associations Teachers’ Choice, a Smithsonian Magazine Best Book of the Year, a CCBC Children’s Choice, a Society of Midland Authors Honor Book, a Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children’s Title for Illustration, and was chosen for the Illinois State Historical Library collection of history of 20th Century farm life. The paintings from Ken Stark’s books have been shown in museums and galleries and are available for future exhibitions.