South Pacific, (diptych) two canvas panels, each 16x20 total 32x20 inches, oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher

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Gay Themed Art, Two Sailors Facing Each Other with a Tropical Palm Beach and Sea Background Like of a Scene From the Musical South Pacific

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I was thinking of the musical "South Pacific" when I painted this diptych.

Each panel of this painting was done in the "alla prima" method. The alla prima is an Italian phrase that means 'at first attempt'. It refers to a wet-on-wet approach whereby wet paint is applied to previous layers of still-wet paint, often in a single sitting. Over the years, the technique has been adopted and adapted by artists from Van Gogh to Velázquez.

In particular I try to approach painting in several ways, I want the drawing skills, color, and anatomy to be accurate but I also try to make the compositions more interesting by avoiding a “bull’s eye” (symmetrical) composition in favor of a more exciting slightly off center or “asymmetrical” composition. I’m also attempting to work with brush work and thick and thin paint in a more stylized and calligraphic way. I want the paint to be thickest where the light is the brightest and thinner in the darker areas. The direction of the brush strokes is meant to follow and amplify the contours of the forms and make it feel more tangible.

The subject matter of most of my work is usually blatantly homoerotic or at the very least queer. I’m trying to ally with other queer and gay creators in representing people who are often marginalized by the rest of the world and make art that speaks to a community that often is silenced.

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A Bit About Me

I was born in Brooklyn February of 1965. During much of my childhood I lived in Brooklyn, the Bronx, upstate NY, Sarasota, Florida and Manhattan. (Both my mother and father divorced and remarried.) The real hero of my childhood is my older brother Marc who literally changed my diapers, acted as my protector and as my role model.

I started to learn to paint and draw when I was six or seven years old and was convinced that I would be an artist from that age on.

As a teen at the High School of Art and Design I got my best training in Irwin Greenberg’s class where he taught me how to draw, oil paint and watercolor. I also attended classes at the Cooper Union and Art Students League.

My parents threw me out in my senior year of high school, so I earned my GED and worked construction on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was a rough time but my older brother and his partner Kirk rescued me by inviting me to move with them to Cincinnati, Ohio to live and study. While a college student, I worked in restaurants and painted as much as I could. After a year at the University of Cincinnati, I went back to the Bronx where I finished college at CUNY Lehman. Lehman is a fantastic college.

After completing my undergraduate studies, I lived in California and then Ohio completing my two masters’ degrees in Art History and Studio Art. After school I was lucky enough to have dual careers as an exhibiting artist and tenured professor.

In 2014 I began to work on paintings with a strong homoerotic content. Despite excellent sales and well received shows, the galleries I worked with wouldn’t show my new queer work, so I’ve been successfully working mainly directly with my collectors. This change has freed me and allowed me to focus on themes and subjects that, in the past, were rejected or resulted in censorship.

Things are going great! In 2016, after eighteen years of teaching art history and studio courses, I resigned a tenured professorship to pursue painting full time.
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Ratings and Reviews

Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Many thanks . Great shipping and and came with a personalized note and a bonus painting . Love Kenney and his wonderful art .

Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Shipped much faster than expected! As always, Kenney’s work is stunning and captures the male figure in such a beautiful way. I bought the figure drawing on the right (an original piece of his) and this print complimented it so well.

Brian O'CONNOR
Rated 5 out of 5
Absolutely beautiful! Amazingly beautiful, thank you!

markemoody435
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Arrived quickly and well packaged. This is my second purchase from this artist--very pleased again!

Yihao
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Mark
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Great quality. Item as described. Expectations exceeded!

Mark
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Great quality. Item as described. Expectations exceeded!

Mark
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Great quality. Item as described. Expectations exceeded!

KC
Rated 5 out of 5
Another incredible piece of artwork in my home from the talented and kind Kenney Mencher! I am so pleased to have added this to my collection of work from him, and he is such a delight to interact with. I highly recommend his work!

Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Even more beautiful in person! Amazing artist!!!


Edward
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As usual, Kenney's artwork is warm AND hot. I love the piece and it looks better in person than on the screen. Thanks!

jkarceski
Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing painting! Thank you! I love it!

Tyler
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Nice price of art. Thanks.

Tyler
Rated 5 out of 5
So happy I was able to purchase this treasure. Great addition to my collection. Marvelous artist.

Tyler
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic art and artist. Love.

Tyler
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Very nice quality and great artist.

Tyler
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic! Great artist. Collected his art for years. Postcards make it fun to share with others.

Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Another amazing painting to add to my Kenney Mencher collection. I look forward to getting it framed and adding it to my gallery wall.

Leslie
Rated 5 out of 5
I bet the original is amazing, I’m happy to have a copy for my wall. It’s great.

Morgan
Rated 5 out of 5
Kenny is the best! Love his work and he’s as kind as he is talented!

Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
I love, love, LOVE this painting! Thank you Kenney!

PoojiDung
Rated 5 out of 5
Beautiful art! I can’t believe I own it. Both paintings look even better in person. The piece “Vacation” Is larger than described (almost 6’ tall rather than the 5’ listed). Communication was fantastic, shipping was smooth, and delivery went off without a hitch. Seller included some small prints and documentation before the paintings could be shipped and also sent a personalized water color in advance. Thank you, Kenney!

KC
Rated 5 out of 5
Lovely print from Kenney Mencher. My only regret is not having been able to purchase the original!

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