Kim Kennedy is a self-taught contemporary artist who is Melbourne born and bred. He began his artistic career in 1982 initially in the form of metal sculptures. This culminated with a commission by the Australian Tourism Association and the commissioned sculpture stand 7 metres tall and is on permanent display at the Associations Canberra Office.
After the success of his sculptures Kim began experimenting with painting oil on canvas and discovered his true passion. Painting is now Kim’s primary focus. In subsequent years Kim has had many solo exhibitions and his work is featured in many private collections throughout the world including Australia, South Africa, USA, West Germany, New Zealand and Canada. Kim has won a variety of notable awards but it is his enthusiasm and absolute love of paintings that inspires most.
Having travelled extensively there is no shortage of inspiration. One only needs to look around to see the colours, ideas and images that are endless. One of Kim’s most memorable experiences was the gala opening of an exhibition in Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. Kim was fortunate to be able to live in The Hamptons for a time, where he was able to simply paint and indulge in his love of painting.
Another recent occasion was the Melbourne Committee fundraising evening at the Palladium, Melbourne Casino. Kim was invited to paint and John Cleese was the guest speaker for the evening. Proceedings culminated with an auction of Kim’s painting, the final bid was $10,000 with proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Over the last years, Kim has enjoyed the success of his exclusive studio in East Hawthorn and would like to invite you as a welcome guest to view some of his works. Call for an appointment at 26 Victoria Road, East Hawthorn and view a range of paintings varying subjects and size, all in Kim’s unique style and technique.
Kim has a simple philosophy towards his art:
"There are no set rules in contemporary Art. Know your subject matter and capture its character in that special way, then you will have made a statement."
1986 Los Angeles International Art Expo, Los Angeles, USA
1987 Whitehorse Gallery Delmar, California, USA
1989 Sun Gallery Park City, Utah, USA
1994 Ambiente Art and Interior Design Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
2000 New York International Art Expo, New York, USA
2007 Shenzhen Private Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
2007 Hong Kong Private Exhibition, Hong Kong, China
2009 Shanghai Private Exhibition, Shanghai China
Victoria Artists’ Society, ANZ Bank, Melbourne
Regent Hotel, Melbourne, Sheraton Hotel, Melbourne
Hotel Como, Melbourne, Crown Casino, Melbourne
Design Ex, Melbourne, Design Ex, Sydney
Pan Pacific New Media Expo, Sydney, Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
Glenferrie Road Contemporary Art, Malvern
Sebel Hotel, Melbourne
Kids with Cancer Annual Ball, Auction item painted on the night sold at $6,000
Melbourne Committee, Royal Children’s Hospital fundraiser
Auction item painted on the night sold at $10,000 Silver Sponsor
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Gala Ball, Starlight Foundation New York Opening
Starlight Foundation Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital