Brad Kenny

1st Runner-up

Oil on canvas
100 x 100cm


As a contemporary artist I explore the human condition through portrait/figurative representation exploring identity/emotion/character/society.  My technique is an instinctive process; I draw on my own emotional experiences to promote authenticity of emotion in my subjects.

The Coffee Culture is everywhere in our society; for me it is a sensual experience important for socialising, business, studying and sometimes to avoid isolation when alone. 

I am aware of the ethical policies of the coffee trade from growers to consumers.  There is metaphor intended in ‘Altruism’ for our society. 

- To promote the voice to the less fortunate; the coffee is a symbol of societal benefits that we may take for granted; warmth, sustenance, social contact and even survival.  
- A society responsive to the needs of the less-fortunate and excluded.

- The altruistic youngster demonstrating what he or she can make of themselves and by extension the prospect for an ever improving world.