Shane Kennedy
willmette, Illinois

Shane Kennedy grew up in both the U.S. and Japan. His style demonstrates influences from both places. The abstract paintings are bold and expressionist, and some of his pieces feature the strong black marks of Japanese calligraphy. He is inspired by the art of the American Abstract Expressionists and the painters Gerhard Richter and Franz Kline. These artists were also influenced by Japanese art, since at the same time the Gutai art movement in Japan mirrored similar concepts of action painting and process driven art. Shane builds up his paintings in many layers, going back and forth between bold brushstrokes and a more “calmed down approach.” In the end, his work vibrates between something forceful and still. Shane knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age, with “stunt man” as his backup plan. He is obviously attracted to action and physicality, and his paintings reflect this energy.

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Evidence of Struggle

Acrylic painting on masonite board
Signed on back

30.5" h x 48" w x 1.75" d
12 lbs. 2 oz.


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This piece was inspired by the work of Franz Kline and other German Expressionist painters. This piece is intended to show the struggle between the artist and the irrefutable truth of the canvas, paints, and brushes which are not always to be tamed by the artist, but rather allowed to manifest themselves in the painting. 

This painting is on a wood panel with finished natural edges. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.


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