Ted Kennedy (TK) studied Fine Art at Newcastle then Sheffield in the 1960's but has only recently returned to practising as an artist in the last year, following a long and successful career in art education and leadership positions in both schools and universities.
His work falls loosely within the Abstract landscape school and tends to be dominated by a powerful use of colour and layers. He has recently been reinvigorated by visits to the lake district and particularly the Northumbrian coast. The dramatic changes in light, movement of water and skies are reflected in his new work.
TK lives in Newmillerdam, near Wakefield with his wife, Jan, and four cats. He studied Fine Art to degree level and later went on to teach art and design in comprehensive schools. TK moved into higher education at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield and has held posts, including leading a PGCE art and design courses and as overall head of Initial Teacher Training at the University of Leeds (UoL). TK took early retirement from UoL and worked for many years as a freelance consultant in educational leadership before returning to his art roots leading several highly successful art projects for local authorities and acting as an assessor for the Arts Council’s flagship Arts Award programme. Realising complete retirement was not providing the interest or stimulation he required, TK took up a paintbrush again in early 2018. His work has an increasing following and he has now begun to sell his work and take on commissions. After being introduced by his wife to the poetry of T S Eliot he often uses lines as titles for works although some, inspired by visits to Northumbria, have titles in old Norse to reflect the ancient history of the area and the links with Scandinavian invaders. Every painting is accompanied by a short commentary from the artist detailing the background stimulus to the piece. Like his wife, TK feels the story behind the painting to be important in understanding his drive to create the image