John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery | Charleston, SC John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery | Charleston, SC

Simon Kenevan

Simon Kenevan (b. 1963)  From an early age growing up on the coast of Southern England, Simon Kenevan has long realized a profound love of the sea.  From the barefoot boy running through the foam, to the vibrant young man working on fishing boats; the need to be near, within sight, earshot, or smell of the ocean, has always been apparent. This was subconscious in his younger years, and became most formative after his moment of awareness.  

The time of his enlightenment was during the first year of working a small fishing boat alone. Out at first light, while pulling the boat across the sand to the shore, and rowing though the breaking waves, he got into deeper water against winds and tide.  He felt the first touch of the sun's warmth cutting through the pre-dawn chill. Every kind of weather, every kind of light, were all conspiring to create a universe of wordless poetry inside.

 Now, with over 25 years of experience, Simon has found his vocabulary via pigment, paper, brush, and canvas.  While working with pastels and oils, precious moments are relived through the creative process.  Each subsequent painting has its own resonance, unique to each and every viewer.

 His passion lies between the waters, the tides, the sky, the weather; the narrow band where all elements come together, each one a factor in the behavior of another.  Forever changing, no two moments ever the same, Simon feels the scale and timelessness to his core, evoking a welcome level of humility and a powerful sense of place.  

"I was born near the ocean. To paint the place where the elements meet. Sky, Sea, Land. The light, the weather, the space. The peace, the tempest.  I am a grain of sand in the great scheme of things. That's all I am. I'm just being tossed around in this life like everybody else,  like a grain of sand in the sea.  I like to be reminded of that fact.  It's good to feel the  humbling power of Mother Nature."  ~ Simon