Art and paintings are like life; you need beauty, harmony and balance. It has to excite you. There has to be contrast, hope, fear, love, loss, and it has to inspire you to want more. Kenny's work is about life, the big moments and the small, the ups, downs, and the everyday. Kenny's paintings mirror the depth, intensity, and complexity of our experiences and offer a way to meditate on and reevaluate our appreciation for all of life's facets. 

Statement

Abstract painting is a way for Kenny to make sense of the world and to communicate that sensibility. Kenny’s colourful and energetic paintings convey the intense essence of things, people, emotions, events, and even questions. It’s easy to get swept up in the movement and drama of the paintings while allowing for one’s own story to unfold within the experience. While Kenny gives clues as to his initial inspiration for the pieces, he’d rather the viewer create their own meanings, entering a space within themselves where the painting is simply the backdrop to personal insight and reflection.
Kenny’s process is a mix of spontaneity, thoughtful action, and intuition. Sometimes based on abstract drawings or sketches, the painting’s forms and movements emerge somewhat subconsciously while the ideas or feelings behind them help guide the way. Colours whoosh in and around the paintings like waves in a storm. Colour has always been central to Kenny’s work and he strives for the perfect balance and pushes the limits of his palettes. Small colour studies let Kenny work with new and different combinations which sometimes require larger canvases to work out.
Life drawing has always been a part of Kenny’s practice. The spontaneity of drawing and the gesture of the human figure inspires much of his abstract work and often makes its way into the paintings, sometimes hiding just behind the surface. There is a quote from artist and teacher Richard Robertson that Kenny finds very motivating, “If you are excited about making a mark, that mark will be excited and will be exciting to look at”. The excitement in Kenny’s artwork is evident and a love of paint, canvas, palette knife and brush comes through in every piece.

Bio

Growing up in Kingston, Ontario, Kenny had access to several great arts programs and took focus courses in animation and fine art. Kenny attended The Ontario College of Art and Design and graduated with his B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 2006. In the fall of 2008, pursuing an interest in teaching, he traveled to Montreal where he attended Concordia University. He graduated with an M.A. in Art Education in 2011. Kenny now lives and works in Picton, Ontario as a professional medical illustrator and graphic designer. His work is exhibited regularly in Toronto, Montreal and Prince Edward County.

 

Exhibitions

2017

Drawing From Life at the Baxter
4 - 30 November, 2017
Artistic Inklings, Picton, Ontario

One 5 OH Canada
8 July - 6 August, 2017
Blizzmax Gallery, Picton, Ontario

County Contemporary 2017: A curated survey of contemporary artwork from Prince Edward County
22 July - 5 August, 2017
289 Main st., Picton, Ontario

Life Lines: An exhibition of figure drawings by Zac Kenny and Judy Clark
13 January - 15 February, 2017
Artistic Inklings, Picton, Ontario

 

2016

Zac Kenny and Dylan Rupnow
1 - 28 September, 2016
Artistic Inklings, Picton, Ontario

A Day in the Paint
6 - 31 May, 2016
Navillus Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Marm Art Mart
23 - 24 April, 2016
House of Falconer, Picton, Ontario

2015

A Collection of Favorites
20 August - 19 September, 2015
Navillus Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Five County Artists
1 June - 20 August, 2015
House of Falconer Gallery, Picton, Ontario

ArtFest Kingston
1 July - 4 July, 2015
Kingston City Park, Kingston, Ontario

A Selection of Abstract Paintings
1 March - 31 July, 2015
The UnGallery, Picton, Ontario

Silver Celebration (Creative Arts 25th anniversary show)
5 June - 15 June, 2015
239 Princess St. Kingston, Ontario

2014

Small Works, A Small-Scale Group Exhibition
8 November - 31 December, 2014
Navillus Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

There's a Party in My Paints!
September 11 - Nov 1, 2014
Navillus Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013

Gold and Ginger Holiday Show/Sale
November 26 2013
Gold and Ginger Studio and Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Gold and Ginger Studio Exhibition
April 27 2013
Gold and Ginger Studio and Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2012

AKIN Collective Open Studio Tour/Exhibition
AKIN Collective
2012
Toronto, Ontario

Brutopia Gallery
Art Education Symposium Exhibition
March 22 - April 12 2012
Montreal, Quebec

The Hilton New York
National Association of Art Education Convention Exhibition
March 1 - 4 2012
New York, New York
2012 NAEA National Convention

2011

Shaika
Perceptions of Place
August 7 - 28 2011
Montreal, Quebec
La Semaine des ARTS NDG Arts Week
Ctrllab
Montreal loves you Japan
April 20 2011
Montreal, Quebec
montreallovesyoujapan.org
SAT - The Society for Arts and Technology
TAMUKE - offerings for Japan
April 1 2011
Montreal, Quebec
matralab.hexagram.ca/tamuke
Burritoville Exhibition hall
Annual Art Education Exhibition
March 3 - 31 2011
Montreal, Quebec

2010

Creative Arts 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition
The Art of the City
June 5 - 20 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Nuit Blanche Montreal
Griffintown Cultural Corridor
February 27 - 28 2010
141 Rue Ann
Montreal, Quebec
griffintown.org/corridorculturel/nuitblanche
MFA Gallery
Annual MFA Fundraiser
February 13 2010
1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec

Gallerie VAV Gallery
Dialogix: Art & Society
February 15 - 26 2010
1395 Rene Levesque
Montreal, Quebec
VAVGallery.com

2009

Gallery Sho.dan / Grow Studio
A Seed Quilt and 21 Artists
May 30 - June 15 2009
1425 Rene Levesque
Montreal, Quebec
GrowStudio.org
Gallerie VAV Gallery
Space and Displacement
February 2 - 13 2009
1395 Rene Levesque
Montreal, Quebec
VAVGallery.com

2008

Concordia University
Recent Drawings: an exhibition of recent figurative work by Zac Kenny
November 5 - 19 2008
1515 St. Catherine St. West
Montreal, QC
Art-Education.Concordia.ca
Hemingway's restaurant and Bar
The Third Annual Art for Awareness
October 18 - 31 2008
142 Cumberland St. - Yorkville
Toronto, Ont.
jeffdudar@hotmail.com

Union Gallery
Cezanne's Closet
February 9, 2008
101 University Ave.
Kingston, Ont. K7L 5C4
http://uniongallery.queensu.ca/fundraising/cezannescloset.html


2007

Whippersnapper Gallery
You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!
November 2 - 14, 2007
587A College Street
Toronto, Ont. M6G 1B2
www.whippersnapper.ca

St. Clair Artwalk Festival and Studio Tour
EAGER
September 29 & 30, 2007
729 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1B2
www.stclair-artwalk.org

Scratch Gallery
Proximity
September 4 - 30, 2007
1358 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3H7
416 536 2220
www.scratchgallery.ca

2000 - 2006 (click to expand)

StudioGallery
St. Clair W. ArtWalk Studio Tour
September 29 - October 1, 2006
Zac Kenny and Cam Stott's Studio
603 B St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3
647 200 3555

Frame Gallery
Group Exhibition
September 29 - October 31, 2006
568 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A5
416 658 1655

Dominion on Queen
Living in Paint
June 21 - July21 , 2006
500 Queen St.East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1T7
416 368 6893
www.dominiononqueen.com

SPIN Gallery
OCAD Graduate Party
May 8, 2006
1100 Queen St. W, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9
416 530 7656
juno@spingallery.ca
www.spingallery.ca

Ontario College of Art and Design
It Happens Here: OCAD Graduate Exhibition
May 4 - 7, 2006
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
416 977 6000
akubis@faculty.ocad.ca
www.ocad.ca

Ontario College of Art and Design
Exquisite
May 4, 2006
Rm. 274, 100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
416 977 6000
airving@faculty.ocad.ca
www.ocad.ca

Xpace
MYOCAD 06 Uncancelled
April 19 - 30, 2006
303 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
416 849 2864
xpace@xpace.info
www.xpace.info

Xpace
The Dissenters Club
March 21 - 28, 2006
303 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
416 849 2864
xpace@xpace.info
www.xpace.info

Ontario College of Art and Design
9th Annual Art of the Figure 06
February 19 - 27, 2006
100 McCaul st.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
416 977 6000
dcampbell@faculty.ocad.ca
www.ocad.ca


Jigsaw Mosaics Gallery
Death, a Halloween Exhibition
October 20 - November 10, 2005
582 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A6
416 651 3638
jigsawmosaics@hotmail.com
www.jigsawmosaics.com

Fridge Gallery
Give it up: Art Show and Fundraiser
April 2005
42 Grange Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
giveitup@gmail.com

Cafe 163
Selected Works
163 Lauder Ave.
April 2005
Toronto, Ontario
647 430 9906

Ontario College of Art and Design
8th Annual Art of the Figure
March 2005
100 McCaul st.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
416 977 6000
dcampbell@faculty.ocad.ca
www.ocad.ca

Cafe 163
163 Lauder Ave.
December 2004
Toronto, Ontario
647 430 9906

Q-Bar
Drawn Together: A Show of Drawings
April 2004
529 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Creative Arts
The Art of the City 03
June 2003
613 546 1714

Creative Arts
The Art of the City 02
June 2002
613 546 1714


Publications and Presentations


National Art Education Association (Annual Convention)
March 1 - 4, 2012
“Making "The Art Room": A Journey of a Research/Creation Producing Art Education Videos for Children”
The Hilton New York, New York, New York
http://www.arteducators.org/news/national-convention/national-convention
View Presentation Abstract.
An artist teacher shares his results and method from a research/creation project employing reflective practice and specialized consultants in the production of art education videos for children that promote creativity.


National Art Education Association (Annual Convention)
March 1 - 4, 2012
“The Art Room: The Live Filming of a Sample Episode”
The Hilton New York, New York, New York
http://www.arteducators.org/news/national-convention/national-convention
View Presentation Abstract.
Attendees will see the filming process in action complete with methodological reflections. Then act as research consultants and offer critical feedback on the performance: A research/creation cycle in action!


Creative Essentials (Annual Convention)
Canadian Society for Education through the Arts
October 13 - 25, 2011
“Medical patient education material production from an arts educator and illustrator's perspective.”
The Crowne Plaza, Fredericton, New Brunswick
http://www.csea-scea.ca/
View Presentation Abstract.
At McGill Molson Medical Informatics in Montreal, illustrators meet with healthcare specialists to create patient education materials favouring images and animated sequences over text, providing patients with an easy understanding of anatomy, diseases and treatment options. Projects in varying stages of completion will illuminate the feedback-creation process behind each project.


World Journal of Surgery
March, 2011
“Laparoscopic Splenectomy: Standardized Approach”
By Liane Feldman
Illustrations (p.3) by Zac Kenny
http://www.springerlink.com/content/826k6302x4732510/
View Article Abstract.
Laparoscopic splenectomy was first reported in 1991-1992 by several groups. The impact and role of laparoscopy for splenectomy can be considered as significant as that for gallbladder disease, achalasia, esophageal reflux, and adrenal disease. In many centers, the laparoscopic approach is now routine for most cases of elective splenectomy. The laparoscopic approach is associated with reduced morbidity, especially pulmonary, wound, and infectious complications. This article reviews a standardized approach to laparoscopic and hand-assisted splenectomy and covers indications, operative strategy, and complications. Several special considerations, including massive splenomegaly, postsplenectomy thrombosis of the portosplenic venous system, and accessory spleens are also discussed. .


BCATA Journal for Art Teachers
2010 Volume 52 Number 1 pages:48-52.
“Waste not, make art: An homage to material arts educators Sue Bartley and Stan Horner”
By Laurel Hart and Zac Kenny
09insideout@gmail.com
View Article Abstract.
This article honours the lives of two educators, Sue Bartley, and Dr. Stan Horner. Bartley taught a secondary school program where students were encouraged to recycle, repurpose, and rethink everyday materials for art-making. Horner was an artist and thinker, and wrote about making and viewing art. He had a passion for the inherent meanings of found objects, and their potential as readymade artworks.


Engaging Conversations: Art & Social Conciousness
March 19 - 20, 2010
“The education of materials: Honouring Sue Bartley and Stan Horner”
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
symposiumarteducation@gmail.com
View Presentation Abstract.
In this presentation I give an overview of the contents of the recent publication by myself and Laurel Hart, entitled “Waste not, make art: An homage to material arts educators Sue Bartley and Stan Horner” I also show examples of artwork by both Bartley and Horner and illustrate how thier teaching philosophies were so linked to their own creative productions.


Inside Out 2009 (Annual Convention)
Canadian Society for Education through the Arts
October 25, 2009
“Eco-Art, the Missing Piece of Visual Culture Art Education?”
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
09insideout@gmail.com
View Presentation Abstract.
Visual Culture Art Education revolves around investigations into the cultural meanings of everyday visual media and the production of informed critical responses. This presentation explores aspects of VCAE which are commonly neglected such as creative play and self-identity. Eco-conscious art making serves these and other principles while simultaneously spurring reflection of desires and sensibilities shaped by mass media. Three environmentally friendly art projects will demonstrate this and provide educators with a springboard for classroom implementation.


Individual Presentation
October 13, 2009
“Eco-Art, the Missing Piece of Visual Culture Art Education?”
SKOL, Centre des arts actuels SKOL. Montreal, Quebec
skol@skol.ca
View Presentation Abstract.
Visual Culture Art Education revolves around investigations into the cultural meanings of everyday visual media and the production of informed critical responses. This presentation explores aspects of VCAE which are commonly neglected such as creative play and self-identity. Eco-conscious art making serves these and other principles while simultaneously spurring reflection of desires and sensibilities shaped by mass media. Three environmentally friendly art projects will demonstrate this and provide educators with a springboard for classroom implementation.


Transformation Through Learning
May 7, 2009.
“Art Historical Issues in Visual Culture Art Education” A Panel Discussion
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
symposium@education.concordia.ca
View Presentation Abstract.
With the emergence of Visual Culture Art Education (VCAE) as a serious candidate for the new Art Education curricula, discussion of it's many facets is critical. This panel addresses the rarely, and briefly mentioned issue of art history in VCAE. Pagé presents contemporary notions of the Aura, and the Cult in mass media, while Fitch and Kenny discuss the differences between traditional art history, the new art history, and ideas of a visual culture history, and the history of visuality. The processes of content selection and the ideological implications within art educational curricula will also be discussed. This panel aims to demonstrate the significance of art historical study in any art education curriculum, while recognizing the many problems and possibilities it's inclusion faces.


Transformation Through Learning
May 7, 2009.
“Zero Gravity Gardening: an Art and Science Lesson Plan.”
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
symposium@education.concordia.ca
View Presentation Abstract.
I recently conducted a research project examining the role of an artist within an art and science integrated curriculum approach. Using the Participant Observation method, I recorded my experiences with the Molecules of Life Project (M.L.P.), which partners Art Education students from Concordia University with Science students from UdeM. The goals of my research were to communicate expectations and advice to students wishing to participate in the M.L.P., as well as determine areas of possible improvement for the program.
I present a revision and expansion of an M.L.P. lesson. The art activity utilizes an understanding of the essential elements needed for plan growth. Students are instructed to conceptualize and build a model space garden, a spaceship or space station designed to support plant life. Aspects of the lesson, which value exploration and expression, are grounded in Art Education theory.
While the majority of my presentation will focus on the lesson, I welcome questions regarding my experiences with the M.L.P., the Participant Observation method, and the results of my research.


Automatic Pilot: Symposium on Pilot Research in Art Education
March 25 & April 1, 2009.
"An Artist’s Perspective of an Art and Science Education Program"
Concordia Universty, Montreal, Quebec
lblair@alcor.concordia.ca
View Presentation Abstract.
My presentation will outline my experiences as an artist working within the Molecules of Life Project (MLP), which is an integrated curriculum education program designed to teach grade 3 and 4 students about science through the engagement of both science and art lessons. I will provide an understanding of the functions of an artist within the MLP, and give expectations of such an experience. I will also impart suggestions for involving oneself in a co-operative integrated education program.


OCAD Comic 2004
"The Cosmic Unfolding" Pg. 19-34.
Published by: OCAD Comic Group:
Toronto, Ontario
ocadcomic.art@gmail.com

OCAD Comic 2004
"One Thought Short of Inspiration" Pg. 84-88.
Published by: OCAD Comic Group:
Toronto, Ontario
ocadcomic.art@gmail.com