Kenn Raaf creates dark, heavily textured mixed media works with subject matter ranging from the abstract to the macabre. The artist sometimes incorporates novel materials into his compositions, such as newspaper clippings, found objects, and elements of sculpture.
The gallery on Kenn’s art portfolio website showcases the artist’s range in terms of both subject and materials. In some paintings, the focus is on figures, though human figures are often presented as partially obscured or cast in a darkly emotional, mysterious light. Some of these works remind me of paintings by likes of Francis Bacon – there’s a similar sense of torment or uneasiness in many of Kenn’s works.
When the artist veers into full abstraction, he often employs mixed media (including paper, paint, wire, and glass) to create a cohesive aesthetic. The artist tends to work almost sculpturally, building up layers of materials on the surface of a work – a process that’s echoed in his three-dimensional sculptures.