Yolande Kenny’s exquisite and characterful paintings and drawings are currently part of our ‘Horseplay’ exhibition. Why not pop in and have a look for yourself?
Yolandé Kenny graduated from Central St Martin’s, University of Arts London, with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Her work is found in public and private collections around Europe.
“Horses are incredibly beautiful to paint. They are both graceful and powerful, gentle yet strong. Their coats gleam in the sunlight and manes float in the wind. They move with effortless immense power, muscles, from legs to neck, rhythmically flex in unison. As running machines, they are engineered to perfection. Some of my oils simply try to capture these graceful characteristics of a horse.
Other paintings capture the moment of eye contact between the horse and me. Horses seem to observe us in a curiously knowing and tender way. The space between us is more than physical. It’s a species divide too, yet for a moment it’s as though there’s a connection in thoughts, something that bonds the human and animal gaze, and something that breaks down established boundaries. The many differences subside and there’s no hierarchy. My paintings capture that connection, allowing us to rethink what it means to be human and part of the natural world where everything has an integral role and equal status.”
Yolandé uses muted tones and small detail and her intention is to seek an intimate and quiet, but intense, relationship with the viewer. She paints on stretched canvas or linen, which is prepared by sizing and then applying several base coats of Gesso. Each coat is gently sanded when dry to remove the rough qualities of the material, without taking away its natural weave. Using Old Masters’ techniques, several layers of transparent oils are then applied, to embrace a surface illusion of undulating form and depth.
After growing up in Derby, and initially developing a successful career based around car design, Yolandé took the difficult step of changing career direction to follow a life-long desire to paint. She now lives and works in Hertfordshire. Besides art, her interests include photography, animal welfare and yoga.
Horse Portrait Commissions Available
Portraits of your horse available in Oil and Graphite in a variety of sizes.
Artist Yolande Kenny’s sensitive horse portraits perfectly capture the nature and character of these exquisite animals. Yolande takes commissions, so if you are interested in having your horse painted please ask at the desk and we will put you in touch.
To see more of Yolande’s work, available to buy, visit: http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/i2-Art/category/213/HORSEPLAY.html