Take Five with Brad Kenny

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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Reply Heather Bradley
3:16 on 8 February, 2020 
Love the colour and light in Brad's paintings! Great practical advice too on the 'side hustle'.
Reply Jasbir lall
7:37 on 8 February, 2020 
Loved the article about Brad and his artwork is amazing!
Reply Deborah Callaghan
9:12 on 9 February, 2020 
I love Brad's work. The eyes are wonderful in all his pictures and they have such depth and feeling. Brad has very hard to get his work noticed and hung in such wonderful places. He is a credit to other young people to have the strength to never give up, to over come dyslexia etc and to follow your dreams.
Thank you Brad. :)
Reply theresa hackett
9:55 on 9 February, 2020 
I love the tip about overcoming creative blocks. I think the advice transfers over to anyone who is stuck for ideas in their life, creative or otherwise.
Reply Gary Kendall
13:14 on 9 February, 2020 
Great article Brad, amazing paintings!! Nice to see all the late nights and hard work is paying off, keep it up you are an inspiration!!
Reply rita rulwais
13:16 on 9 February, 2020 
Brad holds the key to a captive audience with his majure approach to a hot topic of human emotion in the world we live or often only survive in. He pulls in the unconscious feelings we sometimes put to one side and I feel that from all of his artworks. Stunning work Brad - keeping going. One day I would like to own a piece of Brad kenny artwork they are all so powerful
Reply Luca Leavern
13:23 on 9 February, 2020 
I have followed Brad Kenny Studio for several years and been amazed at the technique development, his brush strokes in particular blend a simplist and diverse rythm, often seamless in approach but so varied in colour. The expression is clear to see in each piece, and I praise him for the varience of each piece of work, I often use in my own practice as inspiration. Thank you Brad Kenny Studio for the art you bring us. A pleasure to view,
Reply Nicole
13:48 on 9 February, 2020 
I have followed Brad Kenny on Instagram and Facebook for a few years now, I have to say I absolutely love his art work the colours and expressions in the faces of the art work are amazing. He really I'd an amazing artist ð??? keep all the good work up Bradley we all love seeing your art ð???
Reply Daniel
14:00 on 9 February, 2020 
I have been following Brad Kenny on Instagram and Facebook for a couple of years now. And I love work Brad does.
I have one of his amazing pieces of art and love it.
Brad I look forward to seeing more of your amazing artwork this year.
Reply Becky Kendall
14:10 on 9 February, 2020 
Love the article Brad! Your work is amazing love seeing all that you do! You are a brilliant artist and work so hard! Keep doing what your doing and we will keep enjoying seeing all of your amazing work!
Reply Doug williams
15:03 on 9 February, 2020 
Love the Ali stuff brad.
Like him you Have a big heart a big talent and you are going big places
Keep up the great work
Reply Steve white
16:27 on 9 February, 2020 
I sense an impact of solitude from you Brad, with sometimes a sadness oozing from the canvas, however, when I then look at the next piece of work, the vibrant colours lift my day, as I am sure they were intended too. Your abilitiy to diversify with the strong medium of oil paint, must be congratulated, as you convey so many emtions. The depth and interpretation is behold to the viewer, a rarity I have seen very little of before. Keep going Brad Kenny Studio - so much enjoyment to be had yet !!!!!
Reply Angela white
16:38 on 9 February, 2020 
We watch Brad's journey into the artworld with excitment, wonder and awe. His creativity eclipses his personality and drive to succeed and bring something new, often through personal experiences he has encoutered in life. Nevertheless, he stays strong and focussed, and that power and drive is very much translated into his artwork.

Great crativity from a great artist who's going places - BIG shout out to you Brad !
Reply Keith Kendall
16:44 on 9 February, 2020 
Your blog is amazing and your answers to the questions are full of honesty, professionalism and self belief. Your outlook to life and your work must be an inspiration to other young artists. Many of us have watched you grow into a truly wonderful artist and a special person. You are a credit to your profession and your work will no doubt continue to be enjoyed by those who recognise quality contemporary art.
Reply Victoria Goetz
17:51 on 9 February, 2020 
It has been amazing to see your journey over the last years! Stay true to yourself and your creativity! I love your work!!
Reply Janet Kendall
13:55 on 10 February, 2020 
Brad, your work is amazing and just gets better and better with every new challenge. Keep up the great work and continue to inspire others as I'm sure you do.
Reply Lee Pearce
14:31 on 10 February, 2020 
Always insightful and interesting to hear about the thought processes behind the brush strokes. Art tells a story and Brad's is one that I have been lucky enough to follow for a long time; it is a personal one of determination and success. He deserves every opportunity that comes his way.
Reply Julie Pearce
15:45 on 10 February, 2020 
Bradley's work is emotive and captivating. With a work ethic that is 'second to none', he deserves every success.
Reply Becky Partridge
15:55 on 10 February, 2020 
I have followed Brad since the very start of his career. Such an inspiring, hard working and dedicated artist who deserves every success!
Reply Kelly K
17:34 on 10 February, 2020 
Keep up the good work, great article
Looking forward to what the future holds!