Daniel P Kennedy is Gallery 49’s featured artist for May. Dan’s show, “A Naturalist’s View”, was inspired by a desire to understand the laws of nature that operate within the universe. Kennedy’s attraction to nature has been fostered since his childhood. He paints with water-based materials (oil, acrylic and watercolor). His preference is to paint outside, immersed in the Alaskan environment. The paintings result in capturing memories of real places, weather and animals, and are reflective of several decades of intense study and skill development. “A Naturalist’s View”, consists mostly of animals, usually birds, in their proper habitat. The common thread for all of the work is Kennedy’s continued exploration of natural laws, and how these rules govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe.
Most of Kennedy’s 57 years have been spent in the ‘art world.’ He has worked professionally in product and graphic design, assisted in many outdoor-arts related programs, and taught art in a variety of settings with a diverse range of students. Kennedy will be teaching “Exploring The Natural World” this summer at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (www.fsaf.org to register). A divorce, having multiple jobs, and the turn in the economy made Kennedy’s living situation unstable. Kennedy found himself in a new environment; different from that he had known his whole life up till then. One of the few constants during this time of transition has been the stability and majesty he has found in nature. “A Naturalists View”, is an exhibition that highlights the beauty of the natural world through an artist’s determination to explore and express it.
First Friday, May 4th, 2012, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Co-Op Plaza, Suite 103