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Monday, November 5, 2012

Alfons and Adrie Kennis

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:30 am

Alfons and Adrie Kennis
Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis are twin brothers who work professionally under the studio name of Kennis & Kennis.

They are highly regarded in the field of paleontological reconstruction art, where their paintings and sculptures portray prehistoric mammals and pre-humans.

What delights me about their paintings in particular is the blending of rendered images of the foreground subjects with graphic background elements, and a more daring sense of design and composition than is usually expected within the field.

In addition, their use of texture is just wonderful — neither slavishly realistic nor deviating from reality. They manage to convey a tactile sense of an animal’s fur or hide, or the skin of proto-humans, within the framework of an expressive technique that has a great deal of visual appeal.

Keep in mind when viewing their work that as artistically vibrant as the paintings are, like all scientific illustration, they must conform to the task of representing their subjects with scientific accuracy.

[Via National Infographic]

Posted in: Paleo Art   |   5 Comments »

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  1. Comment by Bill Carman
    Monday, November 5, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Beautiful, can you confirm they are working on plaster? I used to do some things this way and it was very satisfying but in the end difficult as a final piece to show, weight etc.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Monday, November 5, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Thanks, Bill. Unfortunately, I can find little on their painting process. There is more detailed information available about their sculpture process than the paintings.

    (BTW, other readers should check out Bill Carman’s terrific new piece, Tangled Lances.)

  3. Comment by Rownd
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Nice work. Always cool to see dyslexic artists like myself.

  4. Comment by manu3259
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    This is amazing artwork ! thank you for making me discover these artists.

  5. Comment by Baloch Art
    Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    I am visiting this site from last couple of weeks, thanks for gathering works of different visual artist at one place, and updated, for us to see.
    Nice site keep it up.

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