Thursday, August 20, 2015
Following are photographs of six Kendas that I just purchased in a private sale. Two are from his Chessmen themed series; two are cityscapes, although the one with so many splotches of color may also be a cityscape; and one is of faces peering from behind a potted plant. All are acrylic palette knife works on canvas and the black and white chessmen piece was already nicely framed. The third and fourth measure 9" x 12"; the other four measure 12" x 16". Except for the framed painting, none of these are on stretchers at the moment. I will remedy this in the near future in order to display them properly.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Another couple of Karl's paintings from the early to mid-1970s. These two are owned by Leo Soares. They are done with acrylics, applied with palette knife, on canvas and are from one of Karl's favorite themes, Chessmen.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Here is a Kenda purchased from an estate sale by Kerry Victor. It is acrylic palette knife work on a 15" x 19" canvas and mounted within a newer frame of 21" x 25". The addition of leaves to this painting leads me to believe it is a transitional piece from his Psychedelic or Cosmic Period to his Commercial Period, mid 1970s.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Patrick McCarthy just emailed a photo of a new, to me, Kenda painting. It's obviously a rendering of a Madonna and Child. It's in a style I've not seen before, whether in Karl's studio, his home or photographs. Unless I find out otherwise, I'm guessing it was an early work, perhaps in the mid-sixties.