Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of new paintings by Maine artist Daniel Anselmi and New York artist Jenny Kemp.
Daniel Anselmi’s intentionally untitled paintings are informed by a sense of place; specifically, from his deep appreciation of nature as observed growing up on the coast of California and in his current home in coastal Maine. Lifelong engagement with the oceans, terrains, and atmospheric landscapes on both coasts has informed his artistic practice. Spanish colonial architecture, the stone walls of New England, seashells, and a wide variety of paper ephemera all find their way into Anselmi’s studio and work.
Anselmi‘s paintings are made of paint and paper. The artist is a master of formal abstraction through his dialogue with both painting and collage. Found, discarded paper such as charts, ledgers, and blueprints, each valued for their tactility, remain subtly evident in his paintings. Fragments of paper are cut, painted, and layered offering countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. Through this process, the composition’s graphic and geometric shapes are softened; the worn and painted elements evoke time, slowly built with the implication and the dignity of some enigmatic past.
Jenny Kemp’s vibrant paintings concentrate on line and pattern as conduits for trains of thought. Exploring intuition through varying winds of linear forms, she reflects on phenomena of time, growth, and notions of beauty through abstractions that often hint at figuration.
Her spaces are rhythmic as lines and forms converse in a reactionary way where relationships are tested through accumulations of modulating color. In that way, her process is that of searching, looking to early visionary abstractionists and slowly building relationships until the painting’s individual personality is found.
Jenny Kemp received her BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MFA in Painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Featured publications include 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson, New American Paintings, The Huffington Post, New York Times, Chronogram, and The New England Review.