Simon Kennedy, Untitled, 2019. Charcoal watercolour paper, 40 x 31cm Courtesy: the artist and Gallery 9, Sydney.
A driving concern throughout Simon Kennedy’s art practice has been to capture a particular quality of light: a light that gleams best in dark places. This light is silvery, almost ultraviolet, like the light in the South Island of New Zealand. It is eerie, iridescent and slightly gothic. It is the light that shapes the world of the Dutch Masters, and which helps sculpt the faces of a Man Ray.
For the last 20 years Kennedy has pursued this strange quality through painting and drawing. This is Kennedy’s seventh solo exhibition at Gallery 9.
Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 24 April 2019