Artist Statement

Kenny Boulton uses the traditional techniques of print-making, textile manipulation and oil pastel to explore the relationship between texture and colour whilst often using a repeat motif throughout all media. 

Boulton directly takes inspiration from cultural clashes, looking at African art to Greek statues with the way the art depicts deities for larger audiences in religious affairs. Looking into rituals, sacraments and celebrations Boulton takes key elements of design from these activities to collage them for print.  

Using colour and texture Boulton looks to evoke emotions by playing on the scientific relationship between emotion and colour, as a psychological hypothesis on how colours affect moods and memories, similar to Rorschach with the Ink Blot works. The majority of Boulton's work is done using canvas, monks cloth or linen to keep a neutral tone for backgrounds to allow the motif to be more striking, in turn making the works stick in the minds of the viewer. 

Boulton takes inspiration from works by Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat whilst keeping in mind the more contemporary practices of Marcus Nelson and Nicholas Party, with their use of purposeful marks, compositions and repetition.

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