John Theodore Kenney
20th Century English
John Kenney is recognized as one of the finest sporting artists of the 20th century. Foxhunting scenes were Kenney's main interest and source of inspiration. In 1952 he gave up commercial art and specialized entirely in sporting pictures. He had several one-man exhibitions in London and received numerous commisions from wealthy American patrons. He worked mainly in oil and his work is strong and direct. He was a tremendous draftsman who showed a great understanding of horses and hounds. His pictures are full of atmosphere and his use of light and feel for color was excellent. Influenced by the work of Sir Alfred Munnings and Lionel Edwards (his contemporaries), he in turn was a strong influence on the contemporary painter, Neil Cawthorne. John Kenney was born in Leicestershire, a place known to be the center of hunting since the beginning of the nineteenth century. It produced such famous local artists as Ben Marshall, John Boultbee, and John Ferneley. He regularly followed the Quorn and Fernie Foxhounds by car, sketchbook always at the ready. His factual knowledge of horses, hounds and hunting gave his work immense authority. His artistic compostions never ignored logical hunting procedure.
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