Kenny Harris (b. 1974)
Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and is currently living and painting in Venice, CA.
Raised in the SF Bay Area, he received his B.A. in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During his junior year abroad, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance Art History, and 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 Art Students’ League.
In the spring of 2001 he left New York for Central America, painting through Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan. He then landed in Venice Beach, where he has been ever since. Travel has continued to influence his painting; his experiences around the world inspiring bodies of work. Central and South America, Europe, Cuba, Istanbul and China have been recent subjects. He also draws inspiration from his environs in Venice, California.
Kenny combines his classical training with the energetic, gestural use of line and color from the latter half of the 20th century. His oils walk the line between calm, naturalistic light studies and boldly defined color fields, with brilliant light and reflections. They define a place and a mood, charging spaces and cityscapes with personality and resonance.
From 2002-12 he has participated as an exhibitor in the prestigious Venice Art Walk. He exhibits on both coasts, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, and is currently finishing up his MFA at LCAD.
In 2016 he received the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant.
He currently shows at Koplin Del Rio in Seattle and George Billis in New York.
2003 Terrence Rogers Fine Art Santa Monica
2003 GalleryC “Urban Anatomy” Hermosa Beach
2004 Terrence Rogers Fine Art Santa Monica
2004 GalleryC, “California New Old Masters”,
curated by Donald Kuspit Hermosa Beach
2005 Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Sacred Light/Common Space” Santa Monica
2005 GalleryC “La Habana, Cuba” Hermosa Beach
2006 Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Transitional Light” Santa Monica
2006 George Billis “Images from the Old World” New York
2007 Gallery C “Buenos Aires & South America” Hermosa Beach
2008 Terrence Rogers Fine Art “Recent Paintings” Santa Monica
2008 George Billis “Tales from the Road” New York
2010 Koplin Del Rio “Istanbul” Culver City
2011 George Billis “Normandy” New York
2012 Koplin Del Rio “China” Culver City
2012 George Billis “Tuscany” New York
2013 Koplin Del Rio "Judy Nimtz & Kenny Harris --
Terra di Sienna : Paintings from Southern Tuscany" Culver City
2014 George Billis “Recent Paintings” New York
2015 Koplin Del Rio “New Paintings by Judy Nimtz & Kenny Harris” Culver City
2017 George Billis "Recent Paintings" New York