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Fred Kennett


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51cm x 38cm Darlington


I have been working in pen and ink for over forty years and have exhibited my art both in this country, including the Royal Academy and internationally.

I feel my pictures could be called eclectic, in their subject matter and very much reflect my experiences both through representational and abstract images.

I worked in the Falklands for a few years and visited South Georgia, where I gained inspiration for some of my work which includes deserted whaling stations I like the industrial dereliction they represent as old industrial buildings in decay really lend themselves to pen & ink with the different types of brickwork, steelwork and rubble. I also enjoy creating work that depicts imaginative fauna and flora, often in settings combined with such industrial dilapidation.

Over the years I have developed my techniques and now think of my larger pieces as ‘paintings’. I have also concentrated on various series of nautical themed drawings. These include various old steam tugs, coasters and trawlers as they have so much more character than the modern ones.


I predominantly use the medium of pen and ink with the detail and the building up of shadows and depth with straight lines”.  The actual sizes of the pictures vary enormously. They all, however, no matter how large or small, contain the same singularly detailed and minute focused attention that I feel has become my hallmark.

54.5 x 39.5 cm MV TAAT

cogs two 39cm x 51cm

Untitled 57cm x 80cm

Two trees 50cm x 37cm

Mud 51cm x 36cm