Steven Kenny is a St. Petersburg, Florida artist whose work is an interesting mash-up of classic 17th century portraiture and surrealistic dreamscapes. His subjects are invariably surrounded by animals or other aspects of the natural realm, especially flora and birds. In fact, a symbiotic connection to the natural world is a major focus of his work; indeed, many of his subjects appear as if they one with the earth, not born but sprouted fully-realized from terra firma.
“My paintings most often focus on the human figure paired with elements found in nature,” he said. “These surreal, symbolic juxtapositions are intended to work on at least two levels. The first alludes to the fact that we are an integral part of the natural world and subject to its laws. This seems like an obvious statement until we step back and objectively assess our symbiotic relationship with each other and the Earth. Depending on your perspective, these relationships fall somewhere on the scale between harmonious and dysfunctional.”
Just in time for Earth Week, here’s the spiritual, thought-provoking and earth-conscious work of Steven Kenny.