(1905 - 1997)
Cecil Kennedy was active/lived in England, Scotland. Cecil Kennedy is known for lush floral arrangement still life painting.
Kennedy was born in Leyton, England on 4th February, 1905. He was born into a
large Victorian family who were all very artistic. Kennedy is one of
the most well known members of the English Contemporary School. He
painted some portraits but will always be best remembered for his
minutely detailed paintings of flowers.
Kennedy studied art in London
and began exhibiting his work from an early age. Before he was 24, he
had shown at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy,
and he then went on to exhibit regularly at the Royal Academy and in
During the early 1930's Cecil Kennedy married Winifred Aves, and she
was to become a major influence and inspiration to him. For sixty-four
years they worked together as a creative team; she was very skilled at
creating the beautiful flower arrangements that Kennedy painted, and
over the years the couple collected many mid-eighteenth century
Waterford vases which continually featured in his work.
In the Second
World War, Kennedy was called up and he fought in the Eighth Army in
Europe. During the winter of 1944 Kennedy was based in Antwerp, and it
was here that he familiarized himself with the Dutch and Flemish Old
Master flower paintings at first hand. He befriended Flemish painters
and this interaction brought about a definite change in Kennedy's
painting style and technique.
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