Kenny, Jeanne-Marie

imageJeanne-Marie Kenny
Painting, Digital Photography




Jeanne-Marie Kenny


Master of Fine Arts degree, Painting – University of Memphis , 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Printmaking – University of South Carolina , 1994

Painting, Digital Photography


Through my paintings and drawings I explore various archetypes of beauty and femininity and how they permeate popular culture via advertising media. I am interested in transforming meanings of certain images as they are presented to the public by eliminating contextual elements and introducing alternative settings or by cropping and significantly altering the scale. Thus, images which are created for the purpose of selling clothing, products or lifestyles are altered and combined to create a window into a completely different realm where materialism becomes inverted.

My work is influenced and inspired by contemporary artists Elizabeth Peyton, Marlene Dumas and Lisa Yuskavage, as well as late-20 thcentury Pop artists James Rosenquist, Alex Katz, and Gerhard Richter. I find the work of these artists to be particularly engaging and I hope to produce work which is similarly striking, while reflecting my own style and vision.

Primarily I work in oil on canvas, but I also make pen and ink drawings and use digital photography which I manipulate for use as source material. In my paintings, I use bright colors and paint in a soft-focus layered style. My ink drawings are starkly rendered linear studies which I consider as finished works in themselves. Sometimes, however, I use these drawings as starting points for other works, for example, by scanning the drawings into Photoshop and combining them as new compositions or adding color. I am always looking for new ways to transform an image and finished pieces result from the different stages of the manipulation of an image

July 2005 – Rain Event: Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center , New Orleans , LA , USA .

September, 2005 – Faculty Show, Delgado Community College , New Orleans , LA , USA .

July 30 – August 5, 2004 MFA thesis exhibition – Show Girl, Shy Girl: Performing the Feminine, Second Floor Contemporary Gallery, Memphis , TN , USA

May 7 – June 19, 2004 Politically Erect (group show), Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, Memphis , TN , USA

April 2004 Exquisite Women Uncensored (group show), Earnestine & Hazel’s, Memphis , TN , USA

April 2004 Fired Earth: New Works in Clay (group show) Gallery 203, Memphis , TN , USA

April 2 – 11, 2004 The Kitten Deville Series, Theatreworks, Memphis , TN , USA

January 31 – March 6, 2004 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Art Museum at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN – $250 Merit Award

February 2004 Boots, Cloud, Conversation, Event, Stuck: Five Words, Five Artists (group show) Gallery 203, Memphis , TN , USA

January 3 – February 25 2004 Cheesecake and Other Delights (one-person show) Republic Coffee, Memphis , TN , USA

August 2003 Elvis Presley Annual Art Competition, Graceland , Memphis , TN – 2 nd Place , Craft Division

April 2003 Where’s Your Pink and Green (Post)Modernism Now, Fool? (group show) Gallery 1688, Memphis , TN , USA

February 1 – March 1, 2003 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Art Museum at the University of Memphis , Memphis , TN , USA

May – August 2002 Don’t Try this at Home (one-person show) Lettuce Lounge, West Columbia , SC , USA

April 2000 Artista Vista, Lewis & Clark Gallery, Columbia , SC

October 1999 Zebra Lounge (one-person show) McCormick , SC , USA

July 1998 Merseyside Contemporaries (group show), Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool , UK

October 1997 Visionfest Open Juried Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery Southport , UK

all images are copyright the artist unless otherwise stated
‘Under the Sea’
Oil on paper with satin curtain, 2008
‘Fashion Victim’
Oil on board with tiara, 2003
Oil on canvas, 2007
‘In the Forest’
Oil on canvas, 2007


Small untitled painting, based on digital collage
Oil on canvas, 2008
‘But the finest performance of the evening, of course, belonged to Stella’  Pen & in/inkwash on paper, 2006