Francis Kinndi

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Hello from Kinndi . . .
I must have been out the day they told us how to write artists' statements in college - and I'm glad I was. I paint because I enjoy painting. I think I was drawing before I could walk. I can't remember a time when I wasn't sketching or colouring on any available scrap of paper. In school, I was constantly reprimanded (punished to be truthful) for drawing caricatures and making animations on the corners of 'As You Like It' or 'Intermediate Prose & Poetry'.
Musical instruments, musicians and streetscapes have always fascinated me as have the works of Amedeo Modigliani in particular, though I also admire the art of Georges Seurat, Tamara de Lempicka, Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Dudley Watkins and L.S. Lowry. I aspire to create something as wonderful as they all have done.
I use a table-easel, probably because I don't like standing for long. Now here's the bit they didn't tell me at college - I use acrylic paints and watercolour brushes! What commandment have I broken? I go through brushes like Tuc biscuits (have you ever tried to stop eating them?) Yes, they weren't made for acrylics or canvas but so what? They do the job for me and I hate long handles anyway. I do use some synthetic acrylic brushes too, but not the long-handled ones.
I've had a few exhibitions but I don't look forward to them. Too much dressing up and "red or white?" for my liking. I much prefer when people come to my studio and see the no-frills birthplace. My paintings have winged their way around the world, there are some in Australia, New Zealand, USA and three are in the Irish Embassy in Brazil.

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