Ben Kenning is a painter and mixed media artist from Newcastle whose work focuses on drawing, painting, assemblage, installation and live artworks. Kenning completed his Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours at the University of Newcastle in 2016.
Kenning has developed his own visual vocabulary complete with recurring motifs, signs, and symbols which give meaning to the dichotomy of the everyday and the absolute. The surfaces of Kennings paintings can vary from patterned, rhythmic colour field paintings embedded with imagery in colour or black and white, to abstract and expressive paintings of the figure.
The process by which Kenning paints and the symbols and the codes embedded within infuse meaning in the artworks. The artist’s conceptualisation concerns a synthesis of opposites involving philosophical, spiritual and existential ideas. The artist attempts to articulate a balance between motion and rest; matter and void; chaos and order, whilst redefining conventional notions of mental, physical and spiritual realities.
Location Newcastle, NSW