Paul Kenny: Seaworks

 

26 June 2021 – 23 October 2021


Take a virtual tour of the Paul Kenny: Seaworks exhibition.

Working without a camera, Paul Kenny creates abstract compositions on small glass plates with objects found on beaches and crystallised sea water.

Once you have pressed the ‘play’ button, click on the grey circles on the floor to ‘walk around’ the exhibition and the blue circles to find out more information. We recommend viewing full screen.

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Seaworks

Working without a camera, Paul Kenny creates abstract compositions on small glass plates with objects found on beaches and crystallised sea water. He has worked all over the world but much of the work was produced in Scotland, the west coast of Ireland and, more recently, near his home in Northumberland. Each glass plate is scanned to produce large-scale photographs and lightboxes rich with opalescent colours, which take on the form of imagined landscapes.

Building on themes of fragility and transience in the landscape, Kenny’s work deals with the universal through a focus on the microscopic, often overlooked, elements of the landscape. In the last two years he has been developing a hybrid style of animation – slowly evolving versions of his still images which have been described as ‘moving stills’.


About the Artist

Paul Kenny was born and educated in Salford and completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. In 2004 he returned to North Northumberland where he now lives and works. In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and spends time at their facility in North West Mayo, Ireland. His work is collected internationally and is held in major public and private collections including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the V and A, London, the National Photography Collection, Bradford and the National Gallery of Scotland.