PAINTING SAMPLES AND BIO

KENNY HARRIS

www.kenny-harris.com

 

 

biography

Kenny has been a fixture in the Los Angeles art scene since arriving in Venice Beach in 2001. He has made a career out of describing his environment both at home and abroad. He has traveled around the world depicting subject matter both grand and mundane.  Drawn to quiet subjects, his muted palette and spare spaces evoke a calming energy.

 

Travel is a constant pull for this artist, and he has made bodies of work focused on Central America, South America, Italy, France, Cuba, Turkey, China, as well as the US and his backyard of Venice Beach.  He borrows from both modernism and classicism to achieve a naturalistic style full of grace balanced with urgent mark-making. Classical motifs are cropped with a modern eye; rendered forms contrasted with palette knife scrapes and impasto.

 

During college, a semester abroad in Florence was a formative time for him, studying Renaissance Art History and classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. He copied drawings at the Gabinetto in the Uffizi and drew in the churches.  Later he developed his tonal palette while studying under Frank Mason at The Art Students’ League of New York.  More recently he earned his MFA at Laguna College of Art + Design focusing on portraiture.

 

Kenny teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art + Design and was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2016.

 

He currently shows at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Seattle and George Billis Gallery in New York.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

Terrence Rogers Fine Art                                                       Santa Monica              2003

Terrence Rogers Fine Art  “Kenny Harris”                            Santa Monica              2004

GalleryC  “La Habana, Cuba”                                                Hermosa Beach           2005

Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Sacred Light/Common Space”   Santa Monica         2005

Terrence Rogers Fine Art  “Transitional Light”                    Santa Monica              2006

George Billis   “Images from the Old World”                       New York                    2006

Gallery C   “Buenos Aires & South America”                       Hermosa Beach         2007

Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Recent Paintings”                      Santa Monica             2008

George Billis   “Tales from the Road”                                    New York                    2008

Koplin Del Rio “A Month in Istanbul”                                     Culver City                  2010

George Billis   “Normandy”                                                     New York                    2011

Koplin Del Rio “China”                                                             Culver City                  2012

George Billis   “Tuscany”                                                         New York                    2012

Santa Monica College, "How We See: The Process of Observation to Realization”

            (two-person show with Judy Nimtz)                        Santa Monica, CA       2012

Koplin Del Rio  “Terra di Sienna”                                           Culver City                   2013

George Billis   “New Paintings”                                             New York                     2014

Koplin Del Rio “New Paintings”                                            Culver City                   2015

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 

GalleryC  “Urban Anatomy”                                                  Hermosa Beach           2003

GalleryC, “California New Old Masters”,

       curated by Donald Kuspit                                              Hermosa Beach           2004

Bennington Center for the Arts “Artists for the New Century,” Bennington, VT  2006

Koplin Del Rio  “Memory of the LA Billboard”                   Culver City, CA              2009

King Arts Center “En Plein Air”                                              Hanford, CA                  2010

George Billis “The Buildings of New York”                         New York                       2011

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts,

“Still Life: The Painted Image”                                               Hagerstown MD           2012

Koplin Del Rio  “Sublime”                                                       Culver City, CA             2012

George Billis “In The City”                                                      New York                       2013

Koplin Del Rio  “Wunderkammer”                                        Culver City, CA              2013

Prographica “New To Seattle”                                               Seattle                            2015

Prographica “Observing Observing (a white cup)”            Seattle                             2015

Koplin Del Rio “Identity-Method: Degrees of Separation”   Seattle                         2016

Q Art Salon, Intuitive Realities II                                          Santa Ana, CA                  2017

Koplin Del Rio “Liberty”                                                         Seattle                              2017

 

 

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