Original oil on canvas: Measuring 24 x 31 inches or 60 x 80 cm. Unframed. Signed
“Rapid water” was inspired by the fast flowing streams near my home and on nearby Dartmoor. This makes me think of the power of water but also its ability to be uplifting and vibrant. The sunlight hitting the water makes the blues and yellows come alive. I always paint in oils as the medium is very adaptable. It can give you intense colours which is ideal for depicting water.
I am a Teignmouth based artist and live close to the ocean and Dartmoor. This proximity to the South West Coast and the wild untamed landscape of the moor has influenced my recent work. The sea is an ever-changing element that I find fascinating. In my oil paintings I aim to invoke an immersive feeling. I want to highlight the rapidly shifting colours of the sea, from deep blue almost black to pale green nearly white. Following the initial painting and drying process I may apply glazes of oil paint to further enrich the surface of my work. I often return to the work of Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig for inspiration and a sense of place.
Available as a canvas print with the same dimensions here https://catherinekennedy.co.uk/product/rapid-water-print/
I like to work in oils because of their versatility. Due to the fact I can layer the paint so that it has a translucency. But also it is so robust a medium I can scrape the paint back or scratch into it too. Emerald Surf is another in my series of wave paintings which I started 5 years ago and numbering 50.
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I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth.
In conclusion, I am a member of the Devon Artist Network where you can see more of my work here https://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/catherine-kennedy-1
Recently I have been given the status of a Geopark Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy. I was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon in September 2019.
Artmazing, Powderham Castle 2018
Group exhibition Speculation Gallery, Brixham 2018
Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017
Group exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016
Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015
Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014
Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013
Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010
South Bank 2009 video
University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth
Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”