Professor with a Monocle, 9x12 inches graphite on cotton paper by Kenney Mencher

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Occasionally I like to make a drawing just because I find the subject to be a bit of a "character." This "professor" struck me as being almost like a stock character out of commedia dell'arte or a 1940's film with his bald pate, monocle, handlebar mustache and amused face.

I often make drawings for fun but sometimes I use my drawings as studies for watercolors and oil paintings. Drawings allow me to work out things like composition, subject matter and shading. Often I get to experiment when making a drawing with elements like mark making and cross hatching.

Portraits like this are one of my favorite things to paint and draw. This goes all the way back to my childhood when I had a wonderful teacher in junior high school who invited me to stay late after school and he spent an hour and a half going over the proportions of the face and the individual features of the face. This lesson was so inspiring that for years after that I spent a good part of my free time drawing interesting and beautiful faces out of magazines and photo books for years. When I got older, I learned the fundamentals of figure drawing and painting and I was able to grow expand my repertoire but faces are still a favorite subject for me. In this case, sometimes you just have to do a character study of an interesting face.

This drawing is made on a very high quality paper called Rives BFK. Rives BFK paper is mouldmade in France and has a smooth, absorbent surface. Rives Papers, made of 100% cotton, are acid free, soft-sized, and buffered.

Here's a bit more about the artist, Kenney Mencher.

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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.

EDUCATION
1993-1995 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
MFA Painting

1991-1994 University of California, Davis, CA
MA Art History

1988-1991 City University of New York, Bronx, NY
Magna Cum Laude; BA Art History

1988 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1981-1985 Art Students' League, Manhattan, NY

1978-1982 Art & Design High School, Manhattan, NY

EMPLOYMENT
1999-2016 Associate Professor of Art & Art History, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

1998-1999 Instructor of Art History & Western Civilization, San Francisco University High School

1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Texas A&M University, Laredo, TX

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Lone Star Saloon, San Francisco, CA
It’s All About the Bears

2016 Tracy Center for the Arts, Tracy, CA
The Convict and the Boy, A Graphic Novel and Installation by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.

2012 Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.


2012 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
2012 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.

2012 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.

2008 Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR
Cads and Coquettes

2008 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Lovers and Liars

2007 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Faces and Farces

2007 Gallery 2611, Redwood City, CA
Clichés and Characters

2006 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Kenney Mencher: Recent Work

2006 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Apperceptions and Allegories

2006 Norton Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Being There

2006 Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA
Similes and Sayings

2005 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Hamlettes on Wry

2005 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA
2004 Louie-Meager Art Gallery, Gary Soren Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
Dress Code
2004 STRS Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1997 Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX
Noir Images (Solo Show)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Men's Room

2010 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Go Figure

2010 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Resurgence

2009 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
In Black and White: Monochromatic Paintings by Kenney Mencher and Caroline Meyer

2008 Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA
Sex, Politics and Misogyny, Peter Langenbach and Kenney Mencher

2006-07 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM
14th Annual Realism Invitational
13th Annual Realism Invitational

2006 Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Beyond the Likeness: Self Portraits by California Artists

2003 Hang Gallery Palo Alto, CA
One More Thing Before I Go

1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
First Annual Realism Invitational

2001 Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX
Kenney Mencher and Connie Connally

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Works

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Nancy Switzer, Milt Kobayashi, and Kenney Mencher
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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
Rated 5 out of 5
Arrived quickly and well packaged. This is my second purchase from this artist--very pleased again!

Yihao
Rated 5 out of 5


Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Great quality. Item as described. Expectations exceeded!

Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Great quality. Item as described. Expectations exceeded!

Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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