Featured Artist William Kendall

William Kendall’s abstract paintings reflect inspiration from the beauty of the coastal landscape and his lifelong love of color. Enjoy more of his art by visiting his website.

 

"Sea Garden" Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 16" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sea Garden” Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 16″

 

I am an abstract painter—I always have been.

 

"Touch the Ocean Floor" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Touch the Ocean Floor” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

I have been trained in the classical tradition. I have a BS degree from the University of Minnesota, a MS and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, at Madison. I am a Professor Emeritus from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where I taught painting for thirty years.

 

Artist William Kendall in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist William Kendall in his studio

 

After a ten year hiatus, a move to the coastal town of Westport, Massachusetts, revived my desire to paint again. I built a studio, where I now paint daily, inspired by the sights and sounds of the sea. I am involved with color—the paint is the subject of my work. I try to use combinations I have never used before.

 

"Sea Fire" Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 24"by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sea Fire” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

My process is a complicated layering of pigment, using impasto, scumbles and glazes. I try to experiment with the painting surface. I try to create space by using techniques that I have developed over time.

 

"Night Anenomes" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Night Anenomes” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Color is very difficult to use—one must have the knowledge to know what will happen when glazes are applied and edges meet.

 

"Memories of Positano" Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 24"by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Memories of Positano” Acrylic on Canvas, 60″ x 24″

 

Painting for me is not fun. It is a constant struggle to create something on a canvas that I have never painted before. This process is ongoing and I work on several paintings at the same time. Many of my works take months to complete. On rare occasions one will suddenly surprise me and finish itself in a few hours.

 

"A Place Apart" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“A Place Apart” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Trying to get to that certain moment when it all seems to come together, and work as a whole, is my goal. When that happens, I have a feeling of pleasure and achievement; I often look at the finished painting, and wonder how I ever painted it!

 

"Sunset Sea" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sunset Sea” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Each one of my paintings is unique—I could never replicate it again due to the improvisational quality of my paint handling.

 

"Touch the Ocean Floor 2" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Touch the Ocean Floor 2″ Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40”

 

Only when I feel the painting is finished, do I name it. The titles are always inspired by my surroundings, usually referring to the ocean which is within my view.

 

"Under the Dock" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Under the Dock” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

This renaissance in my painting, although difficult at times, has also been an enjoyable journey. I am, once again, involved with galleries and shows, selling art on the internet, meeting other artists and of course, the enthusiastic collectors from around the world who seem to appreciate my efforts.

 

"Wild Water" Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 40" by artist William Kendall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wild Water” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 40″

 

What more could a painter wish for?

 

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Comments

  1. These paintings are beautiful. I can’t stop looking at them. I am sure that William Kendall was a great teacher. I sure would have loved to have been in his class!

  2. Barbara Benson-Nelson says:

    I, too, very much love this man’s art work. I also believe that I may have a very early painting of his, titled: JOSTLING FORMS. Doing some research today, I just discovered this website.

  3. Barbara, thanks for your kind words…if you can, send me a [email protected] [email protected]

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