Jun 092014
 

It’s been a true pleasure to be a part of Paul Kenny‘s working life over the last six years or so. To date, the cherry on the cake was being asked to make the edition prints for his upcoming book, Seaworks 1998-2013.

Over the years, regular readers of this blog will have become very familiar with Paul’s work. If you’d like a little reminder, type his name into the search box towards the top right.

Paul Kenny's Iona Sun for the luxury edition of Seaworks 1998-2013

‘Iona Sun’ for the luxury edition of ‘Seaworks 1998-2013′

Set for a release date on 15th June, Seaworks 1998-2013 is being published in three forms by Triplekite Publishing — the standard book, a Special Edition and a Luxury Edition.

The Special and Luxury editions contain prints that are signed, numbered and embossed by Paul. To cap it off, the book is introduced by one of the finest writers on photography, Francis Hodgson.

I understand that pre-ordering of these editions has been brisk to say the least. If you’re a Paul Kenny fan, this is the ideal time to stake your claim to a copy of his beautiful book.

You might be aware of the prices Paul’s work commands at Beetles+Huxley in London, in which case you’ll also realise that this is a great chance to acquire two very accessibly-priced prints.

Printing Paul Kenny's Along The Strandline No.1 for Seaworks 1998-2013

‘Along The Strandline No.1′ for the special edition of ‘Seaworks 1998-2013′

“The work, building on themes developed over thirty-five years, tries to find the awe-inspiring in that which is easily passed by. It contains issues of fragility, beauty and transience in the landscape: marks and scars left by man and the potential threat to the few remaining areas of wilderness. Looking at the micro and thinking about the macro, I aim for each print to be a beautiful, irresistible, thought provoking object.” — Paul Kenny

Printing Paul Kenny's Along The Strandline No.1 and Iona Sun for Seaworks 1998-2013

‘Along The Strandline No.1′ and ‘Iona Sun’ for the luxury edition of ‘Seaworks 1998-2013′

Printing Paul Kenny's Along The Strandline No.1 for Seaworks 1998-2013

In progress — ‘Along The Strandline No.1′

Along the Strandline No.1 and Iona Sun are made as Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm using HP Vivera Pigment Ink.

Paul Kenny Seaworks 1998-2013

Click here to visit Triplekite Publishing and order your copy…

May 232012
 

After a bit of a blip, there’s a summery feel to the year once more, neatly coinciding with the opening of Paul Kenny’s new show O Hanami at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs.

Paul has been building this body of work since the harsh winter of 2010, as he explains in the show’s catalogue:

I was forced to stick close to home — trips to the beach were out of the question for about a month. This resulted in my field of vision being restricted; I was forced to work with the world around my feet. Teasing some scraps of natural material from under the snow or from the ice in the frozen garden pond, I began making a new body of work.

Printing this show has been a particular treat for me — we’ve worked together for four years now and each time the results of our collaboration simply seem to get better and better.

As with many of my posts these days, the images that follow are photographs I made of the prints themselves.  Hard to believe, perhaps, but true!

All made with the trusty combination of HP Vivera Pigment Ink and Hahnemühle Paper, the three-dimensional quality to Paul’s finished pieces really does need to be seen to be believed.

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Iris Print’

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Foxglove No.3′

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Silver Leaf No.2′

So, why O Hanami? Paul describes:

In the spring of 1999 I travelled to Japan with a grant from the Sasakawa Foundation. While there I witnessed the phenomena of ‘O Hanami’, the festival honouring the brief, fleeting few days that cherry blossom covers the tree before being blown away by the wind.

I saw groups of businessmen sitting under the trees at lunchtime, applauding when the wind showered them with gossamer pink petal ‘snow’. I saw the TV special reports with ‘weather’ maps of the whole country with lines like isobars predicting the bursting out of blossom. The literal translation of O Hanami from the Japanese is ‘flower watching’, the more poetic translation is ‘the celebration of transient beauty’.

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Seeing The Landscape With Honesty No.1′

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Pink Square’

Paul Kenny, O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Print Detail | ‘Forgot-Me-Not Summer’

Paul Kenny signs one of his O Hanami edition prints for Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Paul signs ‘Seeing The Landscape With Honesty No.1′

O Hanami is at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs in London’s Swallow Street from 29th May to 30th June.

 

 Further Reading:

 

Since publishing this post, two leading industry figures have also written about Paul’s show…

David Anthony Hall was so struck by O Hanami that he has generously dedicated a page of his site to it, which you can read by clicking here.

Wayne Ford has also written a second post about Paul on his unrivalled photography blog.  Here’s an extract:

Throughout this breathtaking series, Kenny demonstrates a powerful connection with the landscape, a relationship through which he creates work of not only outstanding beauty but also emotional richness, that places him at the very forefront of land artists, with works of art that are so distinct they can only be categorised as like that of no other artist.

Read the full post by clicking here.

Jul 052011
 

I’ve enjoyed busy times in the studio of late and simply had to share this new work from Paul Kenny—a peony and tulip as you’ve never seen them before.

As ever, I enjoy the stunning three-dimensional sensation I am able to achieve with my HP DJZ3200 and Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm.  I hope these images manage to convey that sensation to you too…

Paul Kenny Peony No.1 Detail

Peony No.1 | Detail | HP Vivera Pigment Ink & Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Paul Kenny Peony No.1 Detail

Peony No.1 | Detail | HP Vivera Pigment Ink & Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Paul Kenny Peony No.1 Detail

Peony No.1 | Detail | HP Vivera Pigment Ink & Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Paul Kenny Tulip Night Detail

Tulip Night | Detail | HP Vivera Pigment Ink & Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Paul Kenny Tulip Night Detail

Tulip Night | Detail

Paul Kenny Peony No.1

Paul Kenny | Peony No.1

Paul Kenny Tulip Night

Paul Kenny | Tulip Night

Paul Kenny Heaven or Las Vegas Emboss Stamp

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

Feb 162011
 

Just as with his Seaworks, Paul Kenny’s latest camera-less imagery continues to strike a chord among his audience.  Such is the interest, two shows have already been lined up for the coming year, more news of which will follow soon.

For the moment, the seawater samples are put to one side as Paul returns to his forays with leaves, picking up where he left off many years ago.

Here is Paul’s latest piece with the simple working title of Hydrangeas:

Paul Kenny's Hydrangeas

Paul Kenny's latest piece, 'Hydrangeas'

I am, as ever, very pleased to have printed this for Paul using HP’s Designjet Z3200 and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm.

A truly archival ink and paper combination, with permanence ratings in excess of 250 years under normal display conditions:

Print by Jack Lowe of Paul Kenny's Hydrangeas

'Hydrangeas'—Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

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