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Paul Kenton

Born: Derby
Lives and works: Devon
Awards: The Prince's Trust (2005)
Exhibitions: Metallique II (2018), Chase Contemporary (2019)
“I find it exhilarating to express the furious movement, artificial lights and vibrancy of a busy city centre.”

Like the Impressionist painters before him, Paul evokes moods and emotions with his colours, free shapes and dripped lines. Famed for his dazzling cityscapes, he effortlessly captures the hustle and bustle of the city.

Inspiration

Painting en plein air, Paul paints in layers until he senses the desired atmosphere. Starting with pale tones in the distance and building up to darker tones in the foreground creates a feeling of depth. The textured application forms a cityscape that is abstracted by energetic paint drips and the depiction of buildings as block shapes and gestural lines.

He has recently experimented with metal, which reveals his fascination with natural light. Exposed metal projects the change in light throughout the day, transforming the piece as the viewer walks past and adding a shifting perspective.

Paul says: “I aim to transport the viewer. I’m on the constant lookout for energetic locations and inspiration, immersing myself in the fast-paced movement.”

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Inside the world of Paul Kenton

Paul's purpose-built studio is housed inside an old gasworks that dates back to 1868 and features stained glass windows, industrial steelwork and original brick walls. However, to capture the true feel of the city, he starts his sketches outside.

He explains: "Shadows move fast and light sources appear and disappear in seconds, giving me moments to record what I see. My head is bursting with ideas for paintings, and there's just not enough time in the day to paint them all. Whilst going through sketchbooks, I can rekindle the emotions and feelings of a particular scene. 

 “I paint in layers to create form until I can sense the atmosphere I want, and the structures start to emerge. To keep the piece fresh and spontaneous, I stop before it gets too fussy and crowded."  

Latest events

Paul Kenton London/New York | Artist Appearance

Following on from his first ever solo exhibition in New York, hosted by Chase Contemporary, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the unveiling of Paul Kenton's stunning new collection, London / New York in our Covent Garden gallery.

Like the Impressionist painters before him, Paul Kenton evokes moods and emotions with his colours, free shapes and dripped lines. In a collection that captures two of the most iconic cities in the world, Paul Kenton continues to define a new genre of cityscape art. 

Paul Kenton | Exhibition

Metallique demonstrates a shift in both Paul’s style and medium of choice. Painted onto sheet metal, the pieces are an exciting tangent to his already impressive portfolio. Our exhibition will showcase a range of original and limited edition works by the popular contemporary artist. 

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Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2019

The Spring  2019 issue of Fine Art Collector is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.

Paul Kenton | London / New York

Painting en plain air in bustling cities is no mean feat, but it’s something Paul has mastered over the last 30 years. His stunning new collection, London / New York, includes a selection of original works and six limited edition prints that capture the energy and colour of two of the world’s most exciting locations.

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