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Kenyon Motor Co: The Art Portfolio of Tom Kenyon


A paper collage with a car design375VX, linoleum block print on newspaper

Tom Kenyon is a car and automotive racing enthusiast who is using a combination of collage, paint, sculpture, and other mixed media to weave a fictional narrative surrounding his grandfather’s car parts shop, Kenyon Motor Co. The artist’s body of work can be appreciated from an individual perspective, and as a complete narrative. 


A linoleum print with red and black coloursBustle, linoleum block print

 

It’s really interesting to browse through Tom’s art portfolio and see the different ways that the artist approaches his subject matter. Though some aspects of the history of Kenyon Motor Co. are fictionalized, there is an undeniable reverence for the family company and history as it really existed, and it’s this reverence that draws the viewer in and makes the works so relatable. 


A screen capture of Tom Kenyon's art portfolio websitewww.kenyonmotorco.com

From a technical perspective, Tom does a great job of capitalizing on the nature of each medium to create a sense of overall cohesion even through wildly different aesthetics. Tom’s prints and collages are quite visually different from the images in his dreams of speed gallery, and yet these two galleries feel like they inform one another.


A video still of a model car rolling on a constructed landscapeSpecial 49 on the Salt Flats (video still), model of Special 49, wood, plastic


About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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