Born in 1951 and educated in Salford, Northwest England, Paul Kenny completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. In 2004 he returned to North Northumberland where he now lives and works not far from the sea with his wife Margaret. He has travelled to work in Japan, France and Ireland but the main focus in developing his unique vision were the remote beaches of Wester Ross in north-west Scotland and the Western fringes of the outlying Islands.
Since moving back to Northumberland the windswept beaches between Holy Island and Spittal have woven their way into his work.
In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and now spends time annually at their facility in North West Mayo, Eire.
In 2010 he took a conscious “year out” from the seashore and focussed his attention to his garden and the hedgerows around his home. The results was the hugely successful solo show, O Hanami, which was held London in 2012.
He has work in some major public and private collections including Deutche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the National Photography Collection, Bradford and the National Gallery of Scotland.
“Paul Kenny blurs the distinction between large and small, making consciously ambiguous images that might be bacteria or whole worlds – or somewhere I between, an ocean wave. He practices a new kind of landscape art where the view is scaled down and distorted to remove us from the comfortable perspectives of the traditional genre”.
Gerry McCarthy, The Sunday Times
Paul Kenny is represented by Beetles + Huxley, London