Simon Kennedy’s paintings and drawings are imbued with romanticism of varying shades of darkness. Sublime landscape paintings of stoats, polar bears and pigs evoke a 19th century inherited vision transposed onto a colonial landscape. In other works, portraits of historic and fictional characters evoke the intricacies, strengths and vulnerabilities of human nature.
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