THE LIFE OF A PAINTER
Plunging headlong into life, the young artist virtually invented Himself during his homeless travels across Europe. Conspicuous not only in his remarkable talent for painting but also in the eccentricity of his dress and the wildness of his behavior, life came to symbolize the freewheeling spirit of the rebel artist.
He is one artist for whom travel would prove to be a great liberator; Europe and its people became his canvas. This artistís rejection of conventional taste was founded in an almost physical revulsion for the stultifying world of the Midwest in which he grew up. The sense of claustrophobia in class, color and traditional religion was his mortuary. Born in the spring of 1963, son of a Cherokee Indian, gypsy, and traveling musician father. His mother one of 18 brothers and sister, and in his words, the cement plantation worker for General Motors. ďMy mother worked very hard to keep food on the table and to make sure we looked respectful in church, there were nine uncles and six aunts, most were ministers, I had no escape from God.Ē
Even after the loss of faith in formal religion, his temperamental inclination for ecstasy lent fervent expression to his art that beauty was a quality both supernatural and eternal. His thoughts are transmitted onto wood, canvas and discarded artifacts that lay dormant in the gutter of a consumption-obsessed society. He recycles his materials, wood blocks, plain brown paper bags, 200-year-old canvas stripped from walls. He has created a world of raw vision to touch in us the pain and splendor of life. Drugs, sex, religion, hypocrisy, philosophy, life, death and religions scrolls of saint-like monsters are all subjects of his experienced journey.
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Bringing Cool, Color and Care to An Expanding Art Community
Source: The Neighborhood News Online
We first met Eve Kemp when he strode into the Wellington Square Farmers market dressed in striking high style. Friendly and engaging we soon found out he was an artist who had recently moved into one of a series of storefront art studios in the Washington and Rimpau neighborhood in Mid-City.
Exceptionally community minded, Eve immediately began connecting to the neighborhood by energizing the visuals of his block. He added large decorative signage, installed beautiful wooden doors and open windows that displayed his exuberant paintings and allowed people to look into a studio filled with artwork and artifacts. One imagines this is what a Paris atelier in the 1920ís may have looked like.
Your Moment Of Zentz: Eve
Last week I met up with artist Eve Kemp at his new studio and gallery space, Haus of Eve, to photograph him for a portrait series of Los Angeles artists, which Iíve been slowly working on over the past few years. Located on Washington Blvd. in Mid-City, Eveís space is something to be experienced. Itís a French-gothic, candlelit den decorated with long, red curtains, porcelain figurines and unusual collectibles and also a gallery featuring a large selection of his paintings, which often incorporate recycled materials and have been described as human expressionist. He describes the entirety of it all as an installation, which seems right, since the feeling upon walking through the door is that youíre in another world. At first I was overwhelmed by all that I saw, but Iíve learned through experience that this is a good problem to have. Much more preferable than a blank wall. Everything was chill though, with friends coming and going over the couple hours I spent with him. I was quickly able to make sense of the chaos and find some compositions I liked. If youíre ever in the area, I suggest you take a look for yourself.
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