Ger Kenny is an Irish painter of portrait and figurative works using traditional methods in oil. He has studied traditional painting techniques but compliments this with his own personal style. His work has come to national press attention in Ireland such as ‘The Moral Fiver’ which was featured in the Irish Times among other national news outlets. Ger has exhibited in group and charity exhibitions including the selection of one of his portraits for the LAS exhibition in The Hunt Museum which was opened by the Irish President Michael D Higgins.
People are the most interesting subject matter to me, the person can be real or imagined but whether it is a figure or a face they will always have a story to tell. My work is narrative in nature and the subjects I choose are sometimes harrowing and sombre, but through my work I attempt to highlight or protest the issue in question.
My current body of work is set around my experiences and reflections of societal issues exploring themes such as recession, austerity, homelessness, healthcare crisis, depression and suicide. Often my work is not a portrait in a traditional sense rather the figure is representative and delivering a message. Although this message may be specific to a subject I’m concerned with, I hope the viewer will have their own interpretation and see their own experiences in my work.
Selected Press articles
Jan - July: On-going group exhibition at the Market House, Milk Market, Limerick
February: Charity Exhibition in Aid of CSPP, Parkway Shopping Centre, Limerick
December: LAS Winter Exhibition, Jetland Centre, Limerick
March: Charity Exhibition in Aid of Pieta House, Authurs Quay, Limerick
March – December: On-going group exhibition at the Market House, Milk Market, Limerick
December: LAS Group Exhibition, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
October: The University of Limericks 40th Anniversary exhibition, UL, Limerick
September: Group Exhibition, Adare Heritage Centre, Adare
August: Simon Community Charity Exhibition, University of Limerick
July: Art on the Park Exhibition, Peoples Park, Perys Square, Limerick