A driving concern throughout Simon Kennedy's art practice has been to capture a particular quality of light: a light that gleams best in dark places.This light is silvery, almost ultraviolet, like the light in the South Island of New Zealand. It is eerie, iridescent and slightly gothic. It is the light that shapes the world of the Dutch Masters, and which helps sculpt the faces of a Man Ray. For the last twenty years Kennedy has pursued this strange quality through painting and drawing.
Simon Kennedy (b.1973) is a BFA graduate from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin. Before relocating to Sydney, he staged several solo exhibitions with Marshall Seifert Gallery in Dunedin and won the Waiheke Art Prize in 2005. His work has featured in numerous group exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand and has been collected by the New Zealand Parliament Collection, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Artbank.
This is Kennedy's seventh solo exhibition at Gallery 9.
Press release courtesy Gallery 9.