Behind the Seams

NIKEL AND SOLE
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BETH KENNEDY

“My paintings are layered labours of love; opaque areas of paint, patterns and lines all dance in and around each other as the paintings come to life”


When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I was only young, around 16 and loving my art classes in high school - it’s always just fascinated me, art history and the processes of drawing and painting, I never wanted to do anything else.


What influences your art?

There’s always an emotional narrative driving the painting - my stories and the stories of those around me. I drink a lot of coffee when I paint and I always listen to music as it really helps me to engage emotionally with my work. I spend a lot of time mixing my colours until they’re just right, some will clash and some will sit peacefully next to each other. Other artists’ work influences what I do (Australian artists I love are Del Kathryn Barton & Cressida Campbell) and Japanese woodblock prints with the flattening of the image has intrigued me since I was a student.

My paintings are layered labours of love; opaque areas of paint, patterns and lines all dance in and around each other as the paintings come to life.


What is your proudest moment in your artistic career?

I’m very proud to be represented by Greenhouse Interiors; this has opened many doors and brought many new experiences over the last few years. I am also very proud to be one of Anthea Polson Art’s represented artists. It’s also very special when someone buys one of my painting and writes to me saying how much they love the work and what it means to them - that’s pretty amazing.


How does it make you feel to know women will be wearing your artwork?

It’s really wonderful! It’s such a thrill knowing that women will be wearing my artwork & Nikel + Sole has such gorgeous collections!