Paul Kenens

"While music is commonly said to be a universal language as well, its communication is mostly on the emotional plane. But Realist fine art is able to communicate a much vaster array of ideas, thoughts, experiences, beliefs and specific concepts as well as a full array of emotions." - Frederick Ross, NY

The difficult choice: Cauliflower or Savoy (kids) - Oil on canvas 100 x 150 cm

“I have always been close to color. As a specialized offset printer/color mixer, reproducer of antique ceramic tile panels, and painter, there has always been curiosity and the urge to create. Driven and searching for more than displaying an image.

Based on an idea and improvising photo sessions, I look for surprising images that for some reason appeal to me. I edit or combine elements that show me a personal direction. I add and leave out. Sometimes the image itself finds its way.

Searching for the most penetrating expressiveness of the image, I paint in oil, building layer after layer, wet on wet, patient, and detailed. Sometimes the composition is ambiguous, often alienating, contradictory, or with a touch of surrealism. The structure of fabrics and the naturalness of skin are a recurring challenge.

The collaboration with a female model, a muse, leads to a period from which realistic romantic paintings arise. Some works are poetic, sensual. Others arouse curiosity through the use of unexpected elements or unusual settings. My tittles sometimes raise questions, make the spectator think. In the painting, I try to bring an underlying, perhaps enigmatic reading, a space to give the viewer the opportunity to fill in their own interpretation, to ask an unanswerable question. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that through the choice I made, I reveal part of my inner life.”

The Children's field - Oil on canvas 88 x 88 cm
My Dog is a catfish - Oil on canvas 100 x 200 cm
Chickenbreast feelings - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Homesick, the old world is close - Oil on canvas 100 x 200 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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