paul kenneth

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"Engaging with Paul's work is like deciding to go to a theatre, sit down, suspend, and stay; you're either down for the ride, or you're not. Those who decide to allow his work to take the reins enter a world of sensations that squish, flutter, tempt, resist, grip, and surrender the eye across, and beyond the canvas- but to where? Paul doesn't want to know. It's up to you to take his distance as a modification or an occasion to ramble." - Emmaly Crimmel

About: Paul Kenneth has dedicated over two decades to perfecting his distinctive style of painting and drawing. His artistic journey includes solo exhibitions at esteemed venues such as the Jackson Junge Gallery and 26Twenty Gallery, along with participation in group exhibitions at prominent Colorado institutions including Emmanuel Gallery, Arvada Center for the Arts, Dateline Gallery, Lakewood Cultural Center, and Philip J. Steele Gallery.

Paul earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and completed his Master of Fine Arts at The University of Illinois in 2021. In 2019, he undertook a month-long residency at The Vermont Studio Center, further enriching his artistic practice.

Currently residing in Longmont, Colorado, Paul shares his passion for art through teaching various art classes at the University of Colorado Boulder and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

Paul's upcoming solo exhibition, "Dog & Pony," is scheduled to open at UCCS GOCA in June 2024, promising to showcase the culmination of his artistic evolution.

Statement: My artistic exploration focuses on the theatrical performance of mark-making. Quick gestural marks dance around intricately rendered representations. Sweeping brushstrokes become animated and develop personalities through delicately drawn graphite outlines. Upon first glance, the figurative subjects in my work appear as the leading roles with the marks and materials playing the rest of the cast. Time spent with the work will reveal the pictorial hierarchy turned on its head. The figures begin to undulate in and out of abstraction as the attention to the marks takes center stage. The resulting image hovers in playful flux between abstraction and realism.