|Posted on 20 January, 2020 at 8:15|
Brad Kenny is an international contemporary artist, with works in collections in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Russia.
With an MA in Fine Art from the University of Chichester, Brad is attracted to Expressionist characteristics of strong colours, abstraction/distortion and individual experiences, exploring emotions, identity, character and narrative through portraiture. Being a dyslexic artist, Brad sees painting as a language, that is not easily written or expressed; it is a way of communication and interpretation. Brad's style, technique and subjects continue to develop; the abstract element of his paintings, allows him a form of expression which focuses on the human condition for the contemporary age.
Brad is an Artcan Member.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
I love the fact my artwork is down to my own creativity (albeit, sometimes influenced by the world around me), that I can create and develop anything within my art practice, under my own control. I can focus on anything that inspires, interests or challenges, it is limitless on what I can create and how I go about it.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I would say a recent new hero of mine would be Muhammad Ali. During my time in studio, I listen to motivational videos and what I love is hearing how much Ali talks ‘’BIG’’ about himself. Some may say ‘’it’s being cocky’’, but I think lots of us lack that self-confidence or belief to say "I AM THE GREATEST", and if we don’t believe, why should we expect others to?
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
To have a side hussle or side project. My main practice is painting, my side hussle is framing, photography and commercial drawing.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
When it comes to artist block my top tips would be; to become an observer and absorber. Take a step back and look at art that catches your eye, attend more art fairs, galleries and exhibitions, surround yourself with other creatives, and listen to them speak about their work, gather information and you will naturally begin to think. This perhaps will encourage a wider experimentation with your materials, challenging you to try new and varied subjects / works to create, this will often lead you to discover a route out of your artist block.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I would be a toe caped boot, wear them down the street as well as jumping and the mud and getting messy. Also looks like a normal boot but tough on the inside it could stop a nail.
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