My vision is to explore my imagination to find strange creatures, plants, animals, shapes, and beings. I am motivated by the infinite possibilities of the subconscious mind and the spirit, and I try to reach beyond what I see in my everyday life and expand into a larger view of consciousness. My art and jewelry show this, for my jewelry is a form of sculpture that interweaves with all my other art forms, creating its own world.
I give great honor and respect to my ancestors and where I come from. I am inspired by my homelands of southern Colorado and New Mexico and my mixed Native American and Nuevomexicano/Hispano heritage — from the original Spanish/Mestizo Vaqueros (Cowboys) and Native American (Puebloan, Genízaro) roots I descend from that create my beautiful and complex culture.
My metalsmithing goes back to the origins from when it first arrived in the southwest in the 1600s. It was the Spanish who introduced metalsmithing to the area. Some of my great-grandfathers were blacksmiths back then as well, along with the turquoise being used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The merging of the silver and turquoise alone is the story of the Spanish and Native peoples intermixing in the southwest. From my metalsmithing to sourcing my turquoise stones from the same mines that my ancestors used, I carry on both traditions.
I make all of my pieces in my studio in New York City. I use different techniques to produce my jewelry, mostly the lost-wax and traditional fabrication methods. Many stones are used from semiprecious, precious, crystals and fossils with metals such as silver, gold, bronze, and copper.
Originality and boldness embody my approach in my art. I hope the wearer feels inspired to express their inner power as well. All ancient people worldwide wore jewelry as a form of sacred protection and an enhancer of one's personality and culture. I am grateful and honored to share my art with you!
Kenneth Marez Jr. (Ken Fury) is an artist working in multiple mediums including, painting, jewelry, music, dance, poetry, photography, and filmmaking. He is from Pueblo, Colorado, descending from Native American and Nuevomexicano/Hispano bloodlines from southern Colorado and New Mexico. His artistic vision explores nature's duality - creation and destruction - and expands on multi-dimensional figurations, abstractions, and spaces derived from his dreams, subconscious, and life experiences. Love, mortality, transformation, eroticism, spirituality, and colonialism are some of the subjects that permeate Fury's body of work. "My art is part of one expanding environment that focuses on stimulating all the senses. While also relying on intuition to create spontaneous works that attempt to pierce the core of emotion and spirit."
Ken started painting at a young age, influenced by both of his parents, who are artists. His paintings focus on otherworldly scenes and emotions through the vibrancy of colors, shapes, and inter-dimensional characters that tie into his indigenous roots. His sculptures take the form of jewelry, which is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Ken Fury started making jewelry in 2006; he is self-taught and also graduated from Studio Jewelers Ltd. in Manhattan. His jewelry and artwork have been exhibited in art galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His approach encompasses all his art forms, including dance. Ken's signature style has won him over 30 of the top Breaking competitions around the world. He started teaching himself how to dance at the age of eleven. After high school, he moved to New York City to pursue his art. He performed in theater productions while also street performing and studying with some of the pioneers in Breaking. He has taught at New York University's TISCH School of the Arts, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and Jakarta Institute of the Arts. He has performed at Central Park Summer Stage, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, and The Smithsonian in Washington DC.
In 2010, Ken began his experiments in music. His inspiration was to merge his poetry and the images in his paintings to create a sonic space. Without prior musical training, he taught himself how to play multiple instruments. Using drum machines, vintage synthesizers, and guitars, he self-produced and released four albums: Flowers Fall Asleep (2012), Moonlight Bloom (2013), The Cry of Nature's Birth (2016), and Rain over Clouds (2020). He directs the short films that accompany his songs. They have screened at film festivals, including the Portland Film Festival, Native Spirit Festival, Four Corners Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival.
Ken Fury currently lives in New York City.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act) of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian art and craft products within the United States. In accordance with this law, I am state recognized by New Mexico as an Indigenous Genízaro descendant.