Thursday, August 20, 2015

New - to me - Privately Owned Kenda

This person wishes to remain anonymous, but shared this Kenda, a seascape. It is acrylic palette knife work and is 9" x 12".

Bought Six New Kendas

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.
The first one does not seem to have been given a title. The second painting, which is shown in reverse in the third photo, is entitled "The King's Rook."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Here are two more Kendas owned by Patrick McCarthy. Both are from his middle period, as I've designated it and what I refer to as his Psychedelic or Cosmic Period, late 1960s to mid-1970s.

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.
You can see Karl's signature from this close-up:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Here are three more Kendas owned by Patrick McCarthy.
The first one is obviously from his middle, Psychedelic Period, the one with which I'm most familiar. I believe the third one is also from this period. The second one is not so easy to date.

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.