Catherine Kennedy | ArtGallery.co.uk

Art Ambassador for English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark

United Kingdom

BA (Hons) Fine Art

April 2018

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Catherine Kennedy

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I live by the sea because l am a painter mesmerised by our oceans and inspired by the energy of the seas. I love to bring positive energy indoors though my artwork. On this website you can find my latest works, which are sent directly from my studio in Teignmouth to your home.  These include my original oil paintings from my seascape and wave painting series, as well as giclee fine art prints in various sizes. Escape to the coast with an original piece of art and enhance your space. Everyone sees colour in a slightly different way to one another, call it colour perception. The way I see colour and the feelings I get when the colours align well on a canvas is appeals to me. The way collectors see my work will be unique to them because of their own individual colour perception. Studying film and video art at the University of Plymouth has impacted on the way I paint. I like to include a sense of movement in my work and a sense of escapism. I want the viewer to feel they can walk across the sand or dive into a turquoise sea. Currently I have two series of works seascape and a wave painting. I have been painting the wave series for over 5 years now. It is the light coming through the waves and again the colour of the water that I am keen to explore. The second series of paintings looks at the play of light on water. It is a more tranquil and peaceful contrast to the first energizing wave series. It examines shallow turquoise and emerald seas.  I am intrigued the patterns created when sunlight hits the shallow water creating a dance of light and shadow with blue, turquoise, green and indigo ripples. Both series have been inspired by the changing colours of the sea but also childhood memories of holidays to the Mediterranean and annual visits to Torquay (before the M5 was built). These emerald and turquoise waters, have all had an influence on what I wanted to paint. Having moved permanently to Devon 15 years ago the coastline and seas around Devon and Cornwall still inspire my work. My paintings are oil on canvas as I prefer to work with this medium for its adaptability. In my work I aim to incorporate a process of change and development. For instance saturated elements are left to dry on the canvas changing over time. Only after a period of waiting the eventual image can be resolved. I apply glazes to further enrich the surface of the work. It is important to me to revisiting a painting several times until I am completely satisfied with the texture and depth of colour in the finished painting. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy. I have recently been given the status of an Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. Exhibitions Devon Artist Network Exhibition, Artizan Fleet Walk, Torquay 2019 Art Ambassador Show, Artizan Gallery, Torquay 2019 Wave Series, Teignmouth Pavilions 2019 Multimedia Art Show, TAAG, Teignmouth 2019 Artizan Gallery, Torquay 2018 Artmazing, Powderham Castle 2018 Group exhibition Speculation Gallery, Brixham 2018 Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017 Group exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016 Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015 Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014 Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013 Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012 Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011 Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010 South Bank 2009 video University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”

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I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Plymouth. I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy. I have recently been given the status of an Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. I admire the wave paintings of Maggi Hambling. Her free use of thick impasto paint and large gestural marks on the canvas has inspired me to free up my mark making too. The photographs of surfers online and the giant waves they tackle also is a source of inspiration and reminds me when I was wiped out by a wave when I was a toddler. Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig are artists I often return to for inspiration and a sense of place.

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