Born and educated in Salford, in the Northwest of England, Paul Kenny completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. In 2004 he returned to North Northumberland where he now lives and works not far from Holy Island with his wife Margaret.
He has travelled to work in Japan, France and Ireland but the main focus in developing his unique vision is the remote beaches of Wester Ross in north-west Scotland and the Western fringes of the outlying Islands. In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and now spends time at their facility in North West Mayo, Eire.He has work in some major public and private collections including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the National Photography Collection, the National Gallery of Scotland and the V&A London.
In 2019 an exhibition of Paul’s work was held at Gavagan Art. O Hanami – The Celebration Of Transient Beauty’
‘O Hanami – The Celebration Of Transient Beauty’ ties together several threads of Paul Kenny’s work from 1995 through to previously unseen images made in 2018.
The unifying core is work made with scraps of natural material from his garden and the hedgerows around his home.
This exhibition coincides with the publication of Paul’s new book O Hanami, published by Kozu Books. The foreword for the book is by Francis Hodgson.
The work, building on themes developed over thirty-five years, tries to find the awe-inspiring in that which is easily passed by. It contains issues of fragility, beauty and transience in the landscape: marks and scars left by man and the potential threat to the few remaining areas of wilderness. Looking at the micro and thinking about the macro, I aim for each print to be a beautiful, irresistible, thought provoking object.’
There may be works by Paul Kenny available, please contact the gallery.