“James Kennedy is an Irish painter, best known his distinctive abstract landscapes which explore the connection between space and tonality. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, Kennedy was educated throughout the UK, receiving two BA degrees – one from Royal Scottish Academy in Fine Arts, and the other from Rhodec Academy in Interior and Architectural Design. In 2003, Kennedy moved to New York. Along with ceramist Bob Bachler, he established Surface Library Atelier. He also won several awards in 2014, James Bridie Gold Medal is one of them.
The main subject in Kennedy’s paintings is space. Drawing from his training in modern art, architecture and dance, and employing intricate systems of colors, tonality, forms, dots and incised lines, he thoroughly explores the potential of space and spatial interactions. His approach is intuitive, never premeditated. The forms are rather elusive, never fusing into a concrete, specific picture.”