May 242011

As Paul Kenny‘s solo shows at South Shields’ Customs House and London’s Chris Beetles Fine Photographs draw nearer, it’s a treat when he arrives at the studio with new work to print.

Paul’s collection of new work is evolving along exciting new avenues. Here are two of his latest pieces, Fritillary, which I have made as Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm for him.

As ever, the prints carry an extraordinary three-dimensional quality…

Paul Kenny, Fritillary 1

Paul Kenny | Fritillary 1

Paul Kenny, Fritillary 2

Paul Kenny | Fritillary 2


Paul explains the work further:

“One of the roots of this work is a trip I made to Japan many years ago during the blossom season.

“They have a kind of ancient rite, called O Hanami, which involves journeying into the landscape and sitting under blossom trees, simply to have the pleasure of letting swirls of petals drift over them.

“The translation of O Hanami is “The celebration of transient beauty”…it might end up as the title of this work.

“These two new pieces are made using petals from a snake’s head fritillary. I used to have a poster of a Charles Rennie Macintosh drawing of them and that’s in there somewhere too.”

'Fritillaria' 1915 (Watercolour) Charles Rennie Mackintosh

'Fritillaria' 1915 (Watercolour) | Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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