Kenny Harris


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Kenny Harris
Mirror
Oil on canvas, 2011
21 x 18 inches
Courtesy of Koplin Del Rio Gallery
Value: $3,200
Starting bid: $1,600
Minimum bid increment: $300

Staff Pick
“Paintings such as this are very appealing to me. I like the simple composition—especially in the careful arrangement of rectangles—and the soft coloration. The room is illuminated by a subdued light coming from the window. The blue reflection in the mirror communicates to the viewer that the room is likely completely empty, and thus still and quiet.” – Janet Blake, Curator of Education

About the artist
Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a BFA from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During his junior year abroad, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance art history and studying classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. After living and painting in San Francisco, he moved to New York, where he studied under Frank Mason at the Art Students League. He has lived in Venice Beach since 2001. “I’m drawn to certain conditions of light and space, which usually contain elements of isolation, reflection, or atmospheric perspective,” he has said. “These come together in various genres—the spare interior, the figure in contemplation, the atmospheric landscape or cityscape. Within these I try to articulate the feeling I get in transitional low light conditions. The light is the focus of the paintings, creating mood but with a lively, varied surface.”

About the work
The spare interior has always interested Kenny Harris. Indirect light gliding over plaster and wood, reflections in the gloaming, and glimpses of the exterior world all evoke a quiet sense of old world space and mood. Harris’s sensibility in the treatment of light shows his admiration for Dutch painters, especially Vermeer. This combined with a modern handling of paint creates a current take on genre painting—peaceful despite the chaos of today’s world. Mirror is based on the artist’s own house in Venice Beach.

Selected collections

  • Chris Weitz
  • Cryobank Art Collection
  • Linda Douglas and John Phillips (US Ambassador to Italy)

Selected exhibitions 

  • New Paintings, George BIllis, New York, 2014
  • China, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, 2012
  • California New Old Masters, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, California, 2004

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