Live Painting Works of Kenny Boone at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
Sydney, NS – May 14, 2012 – Kenny Boone has been busy in art for the past twenty years but caught our attention recently with his impressive work in live painting of concerts. This is a big week for the Cape Breton native as a number of his live paintings go on display at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and we’re pleased to be able to provide a extensive preview of his work.
Most paintings are completed in about 90 minutes, while the music performance is going on. It’s high pressure work that produces spectacular results. The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design says “Kenny has taken his art in new and gutsy directions.” He explains the process in the video below that also shows him at work on stage.
Kenny explains, “The collaboration between the two art forms becomes a visual as well as an audible experience for the audience on hand. As an artist, the act of painting live to music is an interaction of two art forms…one’s senses are heightened and respond to the rhythm of the music resulting in a very energetic performance.
Music, as a creative tool, can sustain a motion, direct a decision, evoke an emotion, influence a state of mind, and enhance ones creative energies. My goal as a visual artist is to transform music into an emotion, then turn it into visual art. Certain music can evoke a certain color and mood, always directing the outcome of each individual piece during each separate performance.
Music has been one of the strongest influences on my artistic expression; it shapes my understanding of beauty, and allows me to express rhythm and movement. In music the rhythm can slow down/speed up, pause or sustain a tone, affecting my physical movements as well as my decision making process. All artistic expression should have the same feeling of completeness just as expected in a song. Each painting will harbor a rhythm; one could say it is the pulse of each individual painting.
The paintings will express an intense energy; they will exemplify the careful balance between accident and control, characterizing both art and music. The music creates the flow, the movement, the dance of each pass of color, the creation of bold textures, and the improvisation driven by rhythm, beat and melody, resulting in soundscapes of color and texture.”
20 live acrylic paintings are on display at the Craft Centre until the end of June. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Take the time to enjoy the extensive photo album we’ve developed thanks to Kenny’s permission. You will recognized many of the musicians he has painted recently.