In the ongoing series interviewing contributors to ‘A Study of Hair’ opening at Backwoods Gallery on Friday, we speak today with Dave Kinsey….
‘Michelle, Ma Belle’ – detail – Dave Kinsey
Damo: for the uninitiated, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
DK: Dave Kinsey, full time painter, part time designer, living la vida loca in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Los Angeles.
Damo: Can you tell us about your piece, and how you have responded to the artistic brief?
DK: “Michelle” by The Beatles was playing while I was sketching the piece. I’ve always loved that song, and since my wife’s middle name is Michelle too, I had that all in mind. Such a calming sound to it.
Damo: What medium have you used? Why did you choose this medium?
DK: I really enjoy working with acrylic and collage utilizing old books, discarded postal envelops. etc., which I feel melds nicely together on the canvas. I especially love working with vintage book pages because of their interesting visual tonality, fragility, and personal histories.
Damo: Why did you agree to be part of the ‘Study Of’ project? It is a very ambitious task – how do you think it will be viewed on completion?
DK: I really liked the concept—it’s one of the few thematic group showings that really makes sense to me. It’d love to see a book produced after 10 years or so of this continued series.
Damo: On a more personal note, what can we expect to see from you in the next 18 months?
DK: I just finished a huge show that opened at Library Street Collective in Detroit and now I’m back in the studio working on new pieces for Miami in December and Cologne, Germany in 2015.