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Kennedy started life as a photographer at age 9. He worked in the record industry in London, then quickly moved into post production feature film, sound effects and music editing. In the 1980's he moved to Los Angeles to continue his film work and quickly gained traction working with top composers. In 2004, Kennedy returned to Bucks County, a place he had visited in 1973, and bought a house in Buckingham. He continued working in film until 2010, finishing up the Oscar winning score for Finding Neverland with composer Jan AP Kaczmarek, the Cole Porter musical biopic De-Lovely and the dark thriller Unfaithful.
In 2011 he moved to a farm near Plumsteadville, where he began writing more music and returning to photography. He began to research alternative methods of capturing preconceived electric lightscapes, a technique that would eventually become known as Photo Luminism. Those works became popular with international hotels.
In 2016 Kennedy was encouraged by a local patron of the arts to participate in the New Hope Outdoor Sculpture Contest. Initially dismissing the idea, the artist soon found the challenge appealing and found several Photo Luminism images that would lend themselves well to the 3-dimensional world. He recieved 4th place in the popular vote.
In the Autumn of 2019, Kennedy and his artistic partner completed the massive undertaking and the huge 3-piece internally illuminated translucent 'Exhibitionist' was installed along N. Main St., in full view of everyone driving by. The sculpture, containing almost 2000 animated LEDs, is illuminated between dusk and 11pm daily.
Christopher Kennedy, photo courtesy of the artist.
Influences on the artist include Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Jerry Uelsmann, Danny Elfman, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and more.
Colleagues and Organizations
Colleagues include Stephen Perloff, photographer and founder of The Photo Review, Henry Rowan, photographer and founder of the Pennsylvania Center for Photography, Tamara Cannon, owner of Gallery Piquel of New Hope and Lambertville, Stephanie Lisle, art curator, and Santa Bannon Shillea, co-owner of the Santa Bannon Gallery.
Bucks County Connection
Kennedy visited New Hope and Philip's Mill in 1973 while visiting his cousin in New York. Always wanting to return, Kennedy revisited Bucks County in 2004 when searching for an East coast home. He initially moved to Buckingham, living in Plumsteadville and again in Buckingham before eventually moving to Virginia.
The Bank of Princeton Community Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2012
The 26 Bridge Studio & Gallery, Lambertville New Jersey, 2016
Red Filter Rine Art Photography Gallery, online, 2017
The Studio Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2017
The Bazemore Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2017
'Exhibitionist' sculpture installed, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2019
Major Group Exhibitions
Gallery Piquel, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2011
The Photography Place Gallery, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2012
The Art Walk, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Pennsylvania, 2012
LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2012
Old York Cellars Gallery, Ringoes, New Jersey, 2012
The Zen Den, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2013
The Bucks County Project Gallery, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2013
Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2014
Spectrum Art Show, Miami, Florida, 2014
Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2014, 2015
The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, 2015
PA Center for Photography, Doylestown Pennsylvania, 2016, 2017, 2018
Philip's Mill Juried Photography Exhibition, Pennsylvania, 2016
Raymond James, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 2016
The Other Art Fair, New York City, New York, 2017
Phillip's Mill Juried Photographic Exhibition, Pennsylvania, 2017
New Hope Arts, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2017
ArtsQuest Invision Photo Festival, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2017
Philip's Mill Juried Photography Exhibition, Pennsylvania, 2018
Winning Image of PPAC's Philly Photo Day, Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013
'Best of the Best Emerging Fine Art Photographers', The BW Gallerist, 2013
ARTslant Showcase, 2014
Artist Portfolio Magazine LA vs. NY, 2015
New Hope Arts and PNC Bank Outdoor Sculpture Initiative, 2016
Honorable Mention, Transformations Juried Exhibition, 2016
2nd Place Award, Americana Juried Exhibition, 2017
Patrons Award and Peoples' Choice Award, PMPE, 2017
1st Place Award, Exposures, New Hope Arts 2017
Patron's Award, Philip's Mill Juried Photographic Exhibition, 2018
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge at Night, Philadelphia
Veil Over Manhattan
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