Exhibit Title : Jazz Artists
Exhibition Notes: John Kempton’s mixed media jazz artist
paintings exhibits our most renowned jazz artists in action,
capturing their facial expressions and personalities, while
performing on stage and off. His satirical and offbeat outlook
on life is infused in these works. Yet, his love for jazz artists
and their music appears through his sensitive portrayal of
these men and women.
Exhibit Title : Perfect Diction
Exhibition Notes: John Kempton speaks of his charcoal
and acrylic works as portraying women whom he considers “…frustrated
seekers after an unattainable idea.” Kempton’s
powerful black lines and brightly colored washes initially
appear to be humorously lampooning female anatomy. Well-endowed
women are “…stuffed
into stage-like settings under intense theatrical lights.” At
second look the viewer may observe the violent motion, emotion
and contorted features that are possibly masking the artist’s
sarcastic view of women. Yet Kempton, during an interview,
felt this body of work expressed the kind of woman who hindered
her growth by rejecting her individuality, seeking angrily
and unsuccessfully to become a publicly acceptable mirror image.
De Kooning, Picasso and Matisse influences are clearly visible
in John Kempton’s work.