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In less than a year, JF Kuehnen has made an abrupt and indelible impact on the Huntsville art community with his abstract and expressionist approach. Inspired by the New York movement of the late ’40s, and using a mixed palette of vibrant colours, he has sold 53 paintings in his last two shows alone, and now this ever-evolving artist is at it again, this time using concrete as a medium from which to create.
Partnering with local company Dare To Be Different (D2BD) and their distinctly designed and fabricated concrete products, Kuehnen experiments by adding various dyes and different imagery to patio tables, drink coasters, and numerous other seemingly incongruous objects, giving each an identity explicitly their own.
“Will Hicks (of D2BD) approached me with a venture and a few weeks later this show was conceived,” said Kuehnen. “As an artist, one must be continually moving forward, and after a few brief conversations with Will, I knew this was the next direction to head.”
CONCRETE & CANVAS will open on Friday, December 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Agro Centre, 223 Main Street West, in Huntsville. It will continue on Saturday, December 3, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, before closing Sunday, December 4, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Kuehnen’s unique approach to selling art, through Malpractice Press, is constantly changing as well, as he is continually trying to conceive of new ways for people to purchase original art outside of the ‘establishment gallery’. Last fall, Kuehnen held the BARGAIN BASEMENT ART SALE in his home, which gave visitors an opportunity to flip through hundreds of his paintings.
“There was no set price on anything,” said Kuehnen. “I was hoping that it would be similar to hunting for rare records, to give people a chance to pick up the works and hold them and really look at them, as art should be.”
Then, in July of this year, was the YART SALE, where Kuehnen had his paintings hanging on scaffolding, leaning against a fence, and otherwise scattered about his backyard. “I am still amazed by the enthusiasm for my two previous sales and the overwhelming support I have received from this community. Hopefully CONCRETE & CANVAS will continue this success.”