An American painter and sculptor, Kennedy Yanko works in paint skin and metal, repurposing materials in unexpected, lyrical combinations. Exploring the limits of material gesture, her work reveals innate links between seemingly dissimilar objects.
Born and raised in suburban St. Louis, Yanko currently lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She has regularly exhibited domestically and internationally, including venues such as Denny Dimin Gallery, NY, UICA, Grand Rapids, and the Poydras Corridor in New Orleans. Her work belongs to corporate collections including that of JP Morgan Chase and TD Bank, and many private collections, namely: Beth Rudin deWoody, Helyn Goldenberg, David Hoberman.
Yanko melds together paint skins (sheets of dried paint) and found metals into layered abstract forms, expressing her inner life in a raw way. These works are created through her intuitive response to the shapes, colors, textures and scale and embody the inside and outside conflicts of the self, in relation to the world around us. Her latest body of work respectively pays tribute to the funk icon Betty Davis and the influential women in the artist's life.
Featured image: Kennedy Yanko - Still, 2018. Marble and paint. 8.5 x 19.5 x 10.5 in. 21 x 49.5 x 26.7 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery