Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Last of my Kendas

I've finally gotten around to photographing the last of my Kenda  paintings.  It is the smallest of a set of three - all different sizes - depictions of horses on a carousel.  As are most, if not all, of Karl's smaller paintings, it is acrylic on canvas.

It is most definitely one of his earliest efforts.  I have written on the back "1963-4", which must have been told to me by his widow, Ann.  I hadn't even met Karl for another five or six years.

It's obvious to me that he was still working on what I consider to be his later, signature style, during his Cosmic or Psychedelic Period, as I have termed that stage of his development as an artist. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Old Friend of Karl's Found

Patrick McCarthy was, he believes, thirteen when he visited Karl's studio on NE 79th Street in Miami with his father.  Karl gave him a painting, shown below, which he still has, among others.  He was even Karl's Best Man at his wedding to Ann.  I hope he can supply us with photos of more of Karl's works and I still hope to visit Ann when she's in Ft. Lauderdale to photograph some of the many works still in her possession.

I forgot that Patrick sent me one photo, so far, of another of his Kenda paintings.  The one below is entitled "Dans Macabre" and is dated July 1960: