February 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kenny Harris: Interior Worlds
Exhibition Dates: April 5 – 28, 2018
Artist reception: First Thursday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles painter Kenny Harris. The show titled Interior Worlds, features a collection of portraits and interior paintings. The installation will mark the artist’s debut exhibition in Seattle and Harris’ fifth solo exhibition with KDR.
Kenny Harris has made a career out of describing his environment both at home and abroad. He has traveled around the world depicting subject matter both grand and mundane. Travel is a constant pull for this artist, and he has made bodies of work focused on Central America, South America, Italy, France, Cuba, Turkey, China, as well as the US and his backyard of Venice Beach. His oil paintings define a place and mood, changing spaces and cityscapes with a character and resonance from direct observation.
For this exhibition, Harris focused on finding his voice in portraiture through different means. In this new body of work, the artist has turned his inquiry from the depiction of quiet solitary spaces to the interior worlds of his creative peers in Los Angeles. The artist’s friends are shown engaged in activities or contemplation, inviting the viewer to participate in their quiet moments. The environments play a major role in the paintings by supporting the psychological space of the sitter—sometimes the figures even merge with a background or vibrate against it.
I was approaching the portraits with experimentation in mind, exploring the genre in my own voice but without pre-determined methods. The needs of each composition demanded various technical approaches, hence the variety of paint application and scale. I attempted to create portraits that evoke the human experience through a textured surface which is at once illusion and object. - Kenny Harris, 2018
Harris borrows from both modernism and classicism to achieve a naturalistic approach, full of grace balanced with energetic, gestural mark-making. Classical motifs are cropped with a modern eye; rendered forms are contrasted with an impasto laden palette that reflects a deep appreciation of the Dutch and Italian Masters. Drawn to quiet subjects, his muted palette and sparse environs evoke a calming contemplative energy.
Kenny Harris (b. 1974) has been a fixture in the Los Angeles art scene since arriving in Venice Beach, CA in 2001. Raised in the San Francisco Bay area, he received his B.A. in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs(1996). Harris recently received his MFA from Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna, California(2017). He has also studied at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy and the Art Students League in New York under Frank Mason. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. His shows have received critical praise from Artweek, Whitehot Magazine, Angeleno Magazine and American Art Collector Magazine. Kenny teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art + Design and was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2016.
KDR has represented Harris’ work since 2009.
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