“A Day in The Life” with Montréal-based painter, Kevin Jenne

Inspired by his childhood home in the Eastern Townships, surrounded by nature and nurtured by a mother who was an artist, Kevin Jenne grew up using art to understand the world around him. At the age of 18, Kevin moved to Montreal, where he was struck by the visuals of architecture, balconies and streets filled with busy people.

Kevin was not only a blossoming artist, but also had a gift for business and making powerful connections. His first self-curated art show was the Atwater Library event space (1999). It was an explosion of creative ideas which would eventually lead to his signature style. His art quickly found space in various art galleries in Montreal.

His love of architecture was captured in vibrant colours with Montreal balconies and faceless people exuding energy off the canvas. Kevin’s art found audiences in New York, Chicago, Nashville, California, Bermuda and Beijing China, among others. Kevin donated some of his work to charities, such as Art for Healing Foundation, and raised $20,000 from one painting for the Tim Hortons Foundation. He has been featured on TV, co-hosted a Podcast called Outside The Artist Studio (2006-2009), and would be known for his live painting, including MMA legend Georges St-Pierre. Kevin continues to push creative boundaries, exploring innovative techniques on canvas.

Written by Randal Wark – Assistant Editor Montreal Rocks

Kevin Jenne
Outside my studio door in St.Henri. The energy in the neighbourhood is a constant inspiration for me.
Kevin Jenne
In between large format paintings, I like to do something very different. Creating detailed portraits for clients. It helps me push myself creatively and I learn skills for the future.
Part of the creative process. I like to create an abstract background and draw on top. This allows me to be surprised by the results. Making the painting truly unique.
A large format painting 90”x48” acrylic on canvas. I love the challenge and sometimes need to find innovative ways to paint.
The finishing touches on a commission where the client wants a painting of positivity and joy.
When painting I like to set up art around me that needs to be finished. Often I will look over and it will come to me what needs to be done.
Kevin Jenne
For me, I am happiest in the morning with the light streaming through the studio window. The creative possibilities are infinite.
Kevin Jenne
For me, the most important part of a painting is the element of joy. The body language of the characters and how the light defuses around them and reflects onto the wet pavement. There is beauty in the most mundane places.

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Which ’hood are you in?

My art studio is located in St.Henri near Westmount. It’s a dynamic neighbourhood with interesting people and architecture. 3035 st Antoine w. #176 near Atwater.

What do you do?

As an artist, I primarily create large-format paintings that start as abstracts. On top of the chaotic backgrounds, I meticulously paint symbols that represent stability and order with a feeling of joy.

What are you currently working on?

Presently I am working on a large canvas it’s a 1920’s style painting custom designed for a cathedral ceiling. It is for a client who wants to commemorate his 30 years in the bar and club business.

Where can we find your work?

My work can be found at Indulgences Art Gallery, Avenue Art Gallery, or contact me for a studio visit at artistmontreal@gmail.com. You can also visit my website.

 

 

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