Anett K. Kennedy

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The most important for me is to experiment and discover the undiscovered in the process”, says the painter Anett K. Kennedy, who prefers to work in oil. ”I enjoy exploring the unknown landscape and search for an inexpressible place, between dream and reality, for escape and solace which hopefully, ultimately heals and leaves the viewer with a fresh way of seeing Home Base. I believe that a painting can be just as calming and exciting, interesting and dynamic, as nature.

In the process of creating a painting I shift back and forth between abstract and figurative work. The abstract is based on improvisation. At some point, with any luck, a compositional constellation begins to emerge and a connection takes place between me and the painting.


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about the artist

Since the late 1980’s, Norwegian artist Anett Kilèn Kennedy has exhibited her artwork in juried group and solo shows worldwide. Cities in which her work has been seen include Oslo, Paris and Los Angeles. She is inspired by Francis Bacon, Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Olivier Debré and Rembrandt.

At age 18, the artist moved abroad to study languages, politics and art. First to Oxford, Paris, Montreux and Valencia, and then to California, where she has spent nearly 15 years. She has Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude in drawing and painting and is working on her teaching credentials at the University of Oslo.

“The most important for me is to experiment and discover the undiscovered in the process”, says the painter Anett K. Kennedy, who prefers to work in oil. “I enjoy exploring the unknown landscape and search for an inexpressible place, between dream and reality, for escape and solace which hopefully, ultimately heals and leaves the viewer with a fresh way of seeing Home Base. I believe that a painting can be just as calming and exciting, interesting and dynamic, as nature.

“In the process of creating a painting I shift back and forth between abstract and figurative work. The abstract is based on improvisation. At some point, with any luck, a compositional constellation begins to emerge and a connection takes place between me and the painting.”

The American painter Philippe Guston (1913-1980, New York School) once pointed out that there is a mysterious element to the picture plane - “an imaginary plane that defies any traditional explanation”. Kennedy believes that the moment we become lost in a painting, we are closest to the space between heaven and earth that the Japanese describes as “Nakazura”, the silent place of all and nothing. Art can remind us of what we sometimes forget. Therefore art is an antidote against sorrow and despair, two of its most important sources.


exhibitions

  • SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2010 Impulser, Studio V, Oslo
  • 2010 Existensielle Impulser, Hubro Litteraturhus, Sandefjord
  • 2009 Direct from the studio exhibition — En direct de l’atelier, Gallery Lise Cormery, Paris
  • 2007 Fresh, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
  • 2007 California Magic, Ocean Art Gallery, Cayucos, Ca.
  • 2006 The Fusion of Art and Wine, Sylvester Vineyards, Paso Robles, Ca.
  • 2005 San Louis Obispo Country Club, San Louis Obispo, Ca.
  • 1999 Out to Lunch, Skandic Hotel, Asker, Norway
  • 1999 The Modernists, Galleri V17, Oslo, Norway
  • 1995 Jazz, Auberge St. Frederique, Cannes, France.
  • 1992 The Art of Living, Oslo, Norway.
  • 1990 One, Clodion Art Café, Oslo, Norway.
  • SELECT GROUP SHOWS
  • 2010 Red Dot Miami
  • 2009 Galleri Åsgårdsstrand
  • 2009 Tjømes Kunstalong A.s, Oslo
  • 2008 Albin Upp, Oslo
  • 2008 Tjømes Kunstalong A.s, Oslo
  • 2008 Artscape Spring and Summer 2008, Riverside County Adm. Center, Ca.
  • 2008 Collector’s Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, Ca.
  • 2007 Surreal Impressionism, Clark Center for Performing Arts, Arroyo Grande,
  • 2007 Surrealistic Sofa, Arts Visalia, Visalia, Ca.
  • 2007 Brushstrokes, juried show, SLO Art Center, San Luis Obispo, Ca.
  • 2007 Another Way of Looking at Abstract Art, juried show, SLO Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 2005 Central Coast Fine Art Competition, juried show, Morro Bay Art Assoc, Ca.
  • 2004 Brushstrokes, juried show, The Art Center, San Luis Obispo, Ca.
  • 2002 Prayers, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, Ca.
  • 2002 Annual Art Show for Orange County Artists, Huntington Beach Art Center, CA
  • 2002 Juried Student Show, Gallery 823, Laguna Beach, Ca. USA
  • 1996 - 1999 Gallery V17, Oslo, Norway.

awards

  • 2000 - 2002 Tuition Scholarship, Laguna College of Art and Design
  • 1981 Alfa Mu Gamma, Honorary Society for the French Language

publications

  • 2010 V-magasinet, Oslo, December 2010
  • 2010 “Kunst kan helbrede”, Sandefjord lad, July, 2010
  • 2010 Luciolle Press, January 2010
  • 2009 Tørnsberg Blad, December 2009
  • 2007 “The Public Eye is Watching”, ArtsObispoNews,SLObispo, Ca March
  • 2007 “So Clean, So Fresh”, New Times, San Luis Obispo, Ca March 2007
  • 2007 “Sunny Days Times Three”, New Times, San Luis Obispo, September 2007
  • 2007 “The Ticket”,The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca October, - 2007
  • 2007 “Art at a Glimpse”,The Bay News, Ca October - 2007
  • 2007 “Leap of Faith”, Tara 12, Norge, November 2007
  • 2006 “Art Briefs”, New Times, San Luis Obispo, Ca. Januar 2006
  • 2006 “Entertainment”, The Coast News, San Luis Obispo, Ca. January 2006
  • 2006 “Wine Country Press, Paso Robles, Ca. January 2006
  • 2006 “Today’s Best Bets”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca. February 2006
  • 2006 “Art Briefs”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca. September 2006
  • 2006 “Hot Dates”, New Times, San Luis Obispo, Ca September 2006
  • 2006 “Art Briefs”, New Times, San Luis Obispo, Ca October 2006
  • 2005 “Calendar”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca. August 2005
  • 2005 “Art Briefs”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca. August 2005
  • 2004 “Art Briefs”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Ca. September 2004
  • 2004 “Today’s Best Bets”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, December 2004
  • 2002 “Art Waves”, Laguna Post, Ca. August 2001
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