James Kennedy in the studio: Isolated Incidents

In this video, James Kennedy works on his February 2021 solo show, "Isolated Incidents." For this show, Kennedy is specifically focused on distilling and deconstructing the work to capture the choreography of isolated shapes. His stream-of-consciousness process lends itself to these interconnected geometries, layered with hundreds of washes and lines. The results are truly symphonic paintings of tension and balance, form and space, tone and hue.    
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James Kennedy Studio Visit, March 13, 2010

Much of James Kennedy's early work dealt with the power and presence held within a horizon. Representational objects rarely appearing, but rather kinetic suggestions, incidents, weather - systems held within the “Moosdcapes," most of which involved oil glazing techniques where multiple layers of media would build the atmospheric substrates toward completion. In the early to late nineties the smooth, ominous layers of oil gave way to his fascination and experimentation with texture, resulting in large scale paintings containing a diverse range of alchemic reactions, mainly acrylic and wax builds with oil washes - visceral episodes on wooden panels. It was on a visit to London at the dawn of the new millennium when he stumbled upon an exhibit of Russian Constructivists at the Royal Academy. His love of drawing and fascination with color proximities was immediately rekindled, and the long process toward creating the Spatial series began." The paintings are a rare combination of control and spontaneity" he says. The serendipitous background washes essentially form the depth and architecture of each piece, the choreography of line and color follows. The works featured on this site illustrate a progression in artistic process spanning ten years.
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