Featured Artist Ira Kennedy

Inspired by Aboriginal art, painter Ira Kennedy presents a vibrantly colorful nature-themed portfolio. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.

 

"The Road Home" Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Road Home” Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 20″

 

Although I am a native Texan, my first exposure to art was as a five-year old, living in Japan from 1946 to 1948. Japanese artifacts were commonplace in our home while I was growing up, and their sense of line and composition have followed me throughout my career which began in earnest as an artist in New York City at age twenty-six.

 

"Blue Heron" Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Heron” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

Two years later I was included a group show called “The Art of Money” held at Chelsea Gallery in New York City, where I exhibited alongside Andy Warhol and other internationally known artists.

 

"Bluebonnets" Acrylic on Canvas, 11" x 14" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Bluebonnets” Acrylic on Canvas, 11″ x 14″

 

Arriving at a unique personal vision is the primary task of every artist. This happened to me much later in life when my exposure to Australian Aboriginal Art completely altered my style and technique. Like the Aboriginal artists, I frequently begin a painting using black primer. From there I create a rough sketch with chalk directly on the canvas.

 

"Crossvine Hummingbird" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Crossvine Hummingbird” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 20″

 

Once I resolve the general placement of the elements in the composition, I concentrate in finding the movement inherent within the piece as a whole.

 

"Lucca" Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lucca” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

I am fascinated by the alchemy of colors—in particular, the gradations of color achieved through the optical blending of dots.

 

"Enchanted Dreaming" Acrylic on Canvas, 42" x 24" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Enchanted Dreaming” Acrylic on Canvas, 42″ x 24″

 

Although my paintings begin with brushstrokes they are eventually covered over with dots, and in many cases, dots within dots.

 

"Morning Glory Hummingbird" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Morning Glory Hummingbird” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 20″

 

I don’t paint the color I see, but the color I feel. Not just the shape, but the shape’s meaning and its intent—not just the composition but the harmony within.

 

"Hill Country Spring" Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 24" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hill Country Spring” Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 24″

 

The rhythm of dots throughout the painting create an overall visual field which conveys a sense of wholeness, alive with the movement and the shimmer of life.

 

"Sparky" Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sparky” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

As an award-winning artist, my work has appeared in “Acrylic Works 2,” Acrylic Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Quilters World Magazine and the instructional book, “Creating Art Quilts with Panels.”

 

"Peacock" Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" by artist Ira Kennedy. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Peacock” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

My work is held in many private collections from Germany to Australia and from China to England. I support my work primarily through commissions. Additional income is provided through the sale of giclee canvas prints, posters and Northcott fabrics. Gallery representation includes Echo Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, and Calamity & Grace in Llano, Texas.

 

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