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Susan Jones Kenyon

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Artist Biography

Susan Jones-Kenyon is a self-taught, impressionist painter from Cooperstown, New York.  In her work, she captures what is called “dying light” – or the diminishing light of the atmosphere on a field, body of water, or wooded hillside. Her paintings depict mindful projections of place and their essence of spirit.  Colors are everywhere, yet not.  Dark, saturated colors fill the canvas representing the calm and quiet landscape while emanating light pervades and preserves the eternal sense of hope.   

At a very early age, Jones-Kenyon unwillingly became the caretaker of her terminally ill mother – a trying period which led her to expressing inner emotions and visions through paint.  Subsequent years involved working as a therapist, interacting directly with the developmentally disabled, geriatrics, and even inmates at a state maximum security psychiatric prison.  The culmination of these and other more personal life experiences ultimately enabled the evolution of her inner self – manifesting emotion into imaginative works on canvas.

She began to paint professionally in 1996, focusing on portraiture and realism. The following year, she expanded her repertoire to include folk art style painting on furniture, ceiling and wall murals, and trompe l'oeil.  These dissimilar painting styles and random experiences eventually led to her own, distinctive impressionistic style. 

In 2013, upon viewing Jones-Kenyon’s work, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York offered to exhibit fourteen works in a season long exhibition entitled Places in Passing

”On the surface, Places evoke memories when associated with moments in our lives.  Yet on a much deeper level, they may also evoke mood, or a state of being we connect to places that have special meaning to us. Susan Jones Kenyon's paintings capture this landscape of meaning in ways that are both deeply personal and universal.  Her landscapes go beyond admiration for the beauty of Otsego Lake and environs.  They point instead to the human need to find solace, inspiration, refuge and reflection in nature.  Like all good art, these paintings deepen our experience of the world around us,” – Paul S. D'Ambrosio, Ph. D., President and CEO, Fenimore Art Museum/New York State Historical Association.  

 

In 2014, the museum acquired a painting from the same exhibition for their permanent collection, which includes the likes of Thomas Cole, Grandma Moses, and others.   

The exhibit at Fenimore boosted Jones-Kenyon’s exposure and opened new doors.  Her paintings and other works have sold nationally and internationally to corporate and personal clients in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Carmel, Madrid (Spain), and throughout upstate New York. 

 

Museum Acquisition - Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY purchases the painting Cooperstown for the museum’s permanent collection.  (June, 2014)

Award - 78th National Art Show - Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY.  Award: Margaret Bevier Wright Memorial Prize (July 12, 2013)

Guest Curator - Person, Place, Thing - Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY (May 20, 2013)

Lecture - Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY (May 15, 2013) 

Annual Regional Juried Art Show - Essential Art - Cooperstown Art Association - Award: The Painter's Prize (May 5, 2013)

Solo Exhibition - Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY (March-December, 2013)

Award - Art By The Lake (juried group show) - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY - Award: Best Interpretation of New York Landscape (2012) 

Award - Art By The Lake (juried group show) - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY - Award: Best Interpretation of New York Landscape (2011) 

Award - Art By The Lake (juried group show) - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY - Award: Most Outstanding Use of Color (2010)

Solo ShowSusan Jones Kenyon - Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY (2010) 

Group ShowOf Time and Place (3 Artists Showing). Cooperstown Art Association (2007) 

67th National Art Show - Cooperstown Art Association (2002) 

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