Kenneth Fernée

Kenneth Fernée, ARWA (1926-1983)

Kenneth Fernée was a painter and teacher born in London in 1926. He studied painting and lithography at the Southern College of Art and painted primarily in oil. Influenced by the landscapes of Henri Hayden much of his work featured the moorland and rocky seascapes of the West Country and the area around Dartmoor where he lived.

He enjoyed much critical acclaim, exhibiting in group shows at the Royal Academy, the Royal West of England Academy, the Newlyn Gallery and the Picadilly Gallery during the 1960s and, following his inclusion in the ‘Three Painters Group’ exhibition, held solo shows at Plymouth Arts Centre, the Plymouth Barbican, the David Paul Gallery in Chichester and at the John Whibley Gallery on Cork Street, London. He was a friend of the artist Fred Yates and the two of them collaborated on a series of annual exhibitions entitled ‘Focus on South Brent.’

Following his early death at the age of 57 the University of Exeter organised a memorial retrospective of his work and acquired an oil on board entitled ‘Dartmoor, Stone Row’ for its permanent collection. Further work is in the collections of the University of Chichester and the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

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