Are you ready for Paint Annapolis?

For almost thirty years I have been drawing and painting aging machines, tools and
buildings.
I am particularly fascinated by junctions of materials and by the corrosive
relationship between designed objects, patterns of use and the passage of time. My
work explores the world that we have built, constructed in layers, adapted over
generations, and decaying in pieces.

Barber Kennedy-2
People are conspicuously absent from my paintings but are always present by
implication. Occupants die or move on, they put up signs and go out of business.
Children throw stones and touch door frames which get dirty by the handle. Tools are
used, bear scars and grow weary with the years of service. Through drawing and
painting, I am engaged in the archeology of material culture, inspecting, exploring and
celebrating physical manifestations of human history.
I think of my work as a love song.

 

Barber Kennedy
Artwork by Mat Barber-Kennedy

I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected member of Britain’s Royal
Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the American Impressionist Society.
In 2008 I was awarded the Turner Medal in London for my work.
I live and work in Chicago with my wife and family.

 

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