After a successful 12-year career as an illustrator based in Brighton, Kenny McKendry returned to his native Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, with a strong desire to paint his indigenous landscape. Influenced by, among others, the Barbizon and American Tonalist movements of the 19th century, Kenny found the perfect inspiration in the rich hues and textures of his Kennyhomeland.

James Gorry, of the prestigious Gorry Gallery Dublin, noting:

ôKenny's paintings are freely painted with much style and bravura. He possesses a strong sense of colour, yet his landscapes are lyrical and sensitive. His portraits informal portrayals of his sitters. A measure of Kenny's modesty is his preference of being described as a painter rather than an artist, a description which he says must be earned, and by the few."

Now, represented by the exclusive London Mayfair Gallery: 'Fine Art Commissions Ltd', Kenny works from the small seaside town of his childhood, Whitehead, where he continues to paint, his desire simple and heartfelt:

‘To capture the beauty and the soul of a passing moment.’
"I am not interested in what can be a contradiction of styles, old, new, classic, abstract, romantic, but rather to find expression in the unification of all that is soulful, lasting and of eternal meaning. To seek something beyond the place on which we have our footing. A mark, successfully executed, can transport greater meaning to the board or canvas than any carefully studied line."
HRH Princess Anne and Kenny at the opening of his 'Facing North' show

HRH Princess Anne and Kenny at the opening of his 'Facing North' show

Kenny's article published in the prestigious American Journal 'Artists on Art':