paul kenneth

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Paul Kenneth is a painter who currently lives and works in Champaign, IL.

About: In 2009, Paul completed his BFA in the Advanced Painting Program from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been included in group shows at LVL3 Gallery, Mana Contemporary, NEXT Art Chicago, Heaven Gallery, MOUNTAIN Gallery, Zg Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Jackson Junge Gallery. Paul is currently teaching and pursuing his MFA degree at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Statement: Using painting as a stage, my artistic exploration focuses on the theatrical performance of mark-making. Quick gestural marks separate from intricate representation depending on the amount of attention given. Sweeping brushstrokes become animated and develop personalities through delicately rendered graphite outlines. Figurative subjects appear as lead roles based on personal origins, including my interests in the supernatural and popular culture. When these styles of depiction become intertwined within my work a peculiar performance takes shape. The resulting image hovers in playful flux between abstraction and realism.