Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Photo of Karl

This snapshot was taken at one of the many outdoor shows that Karl attended.  Anne Kenda, his widow, supplied me with three snapshots of Karl, the only ones we know to exist.  I regret that I was not one to take many photographs in my college  years, so I do not believe I have any of him.  I will look, however, to see if I do have any tucked away somewhere.

This photo was taken in the early '70s.  Karl is on the far right, talking to a couple of prospective buyers.  His paintings had many admirers.

The painting on the bottom row, seen between the two children, is very similar to the one Karl gave to me in 1970.  It has been displayed on a wall wherever I lived, ever since then.  I will post a photograph of it, later.

Karl's Signature

This is a good, clear example of how Karl signed his paintings, for those who are seeking authentication.

This particular signature is off of a 1968 painting.   This painting is from the end of the period which I have designated his Early period.  Karl did sign all of his paintings, even the small ones.  His widow, Anne, assured me of this.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Few of My Favorites







These are a few of my favorite paintings by Karl.   The second one down is entitled "Lonely is the Man Without Love" and the bottom one is entitled "Alpha and Omega."  The rest may have titles, but I do not know what they are, since these are all privately owned and I do not have access to them anymore.  Karl did not always assign titles to his paintings, anyway.

Karls' widow, Anne, retained custody of many of Karl's latest works.  She gave me a small, very early painting from a set of three, and two small paintings from his latest, Commercial period.  The two that Karl gave me during my college years have always been prominently displayed, from my dorm room to my various apartments to my house.  I now proudly display five of his works.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Biography of Karl J. Kenda

I'll leave this short version of my biography of Karl, but the proper, long version has since been posted.  It took me weeks to realize that I had not posted the right one here:


Karl Joseph Kenda (22 August 1923 - 8 May 1980) was born in New York City of  Mattaus and Agnes Kenda, Austrian immigrants, married circa 1915.

In 1930, the family resided in Brooklyn, NY.

He enlisted in the military on 30 March 1943 in NYC "for the duration of the war." His enlistment records state that he was single with dependents, was 66" in height and weighed 120 pounds.

During the sixties and seventies, Karl had his own gallery at 285 NE 79th Street in Miami and lived in North Miami Beach, FL.

In 1974, he married Ann Marie Shaughness.

The sixties and seventies were his most active period, wherein he created hundreds of paintings on Masonite and canvas using acrylics applied with brush and palette knife.

Many, if not most, of his paintings reflected world perils of the times and still resonate with today's events: "Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came," "The War's All Over" and "Lonely Is The Man Without Love" to name a few.

Depending on who is viewing them, his works might be described as psychedelic, spiritual or surrealistic, but all were colorful, unique and thought-provoking.

Karl was well known in South Florida back then, but many of his works are now in private hands and have not been viewed by the public for up to several decades.