Friday, November 22, 2013

Another Privately Owned Kenda

I have recently been sent several snapshots of another's Kenda painting.  His father bought it some time ago and the son wants to keep it because it reminds him of his dad.

The photos are, as I say, snapshots and from different angles, such that the painting appears greenish in two photos and yellowish in another, very likely because it reflects the color off of the walls, the flash and other surroundings.

This painting appears to have been created at the beginning of what I term Karl's Cosmic Period or Psychedelic Period.  It contains only the single color (green, I think) and has the palette knife figures that became his trademark during this period.  In later paintings, he generally used brighter colors and more of them. 

The theme of the painting appears to be a precursor to his "The King Is Dead" painting, which he never intended to sell and which was in his living room for years.  His widow still owns it and I always liked it a great deal, as well.

Karl generally used wooden frames, many from Mexico, and this painting has apparently been placed in a more modern frame.  Karl did sell paintings without frames, so we cannot be certain that the old frame was replaced or if Karl never had it in a frame.  I suspect this painting was on Masonite, as were many of Karl's works, although he also used canvas, as well.

One of these three snapshots in particular  illustrates quite well how the palette knife figures popped out at one as three-dimensional.

I would date this painting to about 1968-69.