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Tim Kennedy
Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University, Bloomington,
Senior Lecturer


page 114-115

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For roughly ten years I have painted subjects that surround or are contained by our Craftsman home on Lincoln Street in Bloomington, Indiana. This work has resulted in a series of interiors, still lifes, town landscapes and figure compositions revolving around these subjects. The house has been my leitmotif. How light and air permeate and surround it have seemed incredibly important to me. I think of the characters in the paintings as being stand-ins for my partner and myself; figures arranged against and within its spaces mirror our life together. I record the pleasures afforded by stacked rooms glimpsed through doorways. As a painter, the envelope of the space and the domestic atmosphere are as important to me as the figure itself. The figures re-enact the quotidian activities of our daily lives as people cooking, sleeping, eating, reading, games, bathing, sex. In a larger sense, I feel that I am painting the world in ways that emphasize the qualities of the "natural" and the "intimate."


born: 1954, Buffalo, New York


Brooklyn College, MFA, 1984
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1980 and 1979
Carnegie-Mellon University, BFA, 1977

selected awards/honors

Individual Artist Grant, Indiana Arts Commission, 2008  
Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2007  
Individual Artist Grant, Indiana Arts Commission, 2005  
Individual Artist Grant, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, 1997   

selected publications

Fine Art Connoisseur; "Domestic Scenes", Collector Savvy by David Masello, May / June 2010
American Artist Magazine; "Making Connections to Other Artists, Past and Present", by M. Stephen Doherty, September 2006  
The New York Sun; "Finding Beauty in the Mundane" by Maureen Mullarkey, March 16, 2006
Watercolor Magazine; "Painting Shapes, Not Illusions"  by M. Stephen Doherty, Summer 2003

selected solo or two-person exhibits

First Street Gallery; Tim Kennedy / Perry Four, New York, NY, 2009
Prima Gallery; Tim Kennedy / Recent Works in Watercolor, Bloomington, IN, 2008
First Street Gallery; Tim Kennedy / Inside / Outside, New York, NY, 2006
Ruschman Gallery; Tim Kennedy / Paintings, Indianapolis, IN, 2004

selected group shows

Maryland Institute College of Art / Meyerhoff Gallery; Zeuxis / The Common Object, Baltimore, MD, 2011
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, 2010
Wright Gallery;Tim Kennedy, Eve Mansdorf: Home Life, Northport, MI, 2008
School of Fine Arts Gallery / Indiana University; Human Measures / 8 Contemporary Figurative Painters, Bloomington, IN, 2005


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