In the Shadow of Cave Painters

   Kende started an extensive drawing series in the early 1990’s, using Conté pastels, an early favorite. He refined a dot by dot method of application that captured a sense of form in light from the texture of the paper. This led to a precisely textured, monochromatic, acrylic painting technique on canvas depicting ethereal imagery. About ten years ago, an absentminded musing with old leather scraps prompted a sculpture series. What forms were possible with oak tanned leather became clear studying African tribal masks. Its inherently primeval beauty fused with functional techniques he invented in earlier days. Inquiry into other ancient cultures led him to photos of the cave paintings at Lascaux. He was awestruck by the magical beauty and elegant simplicity those first great artists realized with only crude materials. The primal nature of their subject matter, the palpably coarse feel of their drawing materials on rough surfaces  inspired a final leap. His original Conté series on paper became large, gritty, pastel drawings on canvas. The primeval, archetypal, shamanic and sacred are now the sources as well as the intent of his imagery.

Solo Exhibits

2012 River House Arts, Toledo, OH
2011 Gallery 56, Memphis, TNN
2010 Flatlanders, Blissfield, MI
2006 The Tom James Gallery, Northville, MI
2005 Turkaly Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea,MI
2002 Toledo Museum of Art Westgate Gallery, Toledo, OH
2001 Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, MI
Pierre Paul Ballery, Ann Arbor, MI
1998  Yribar Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Selected Group Exhibits

2014 Nefertiti Mural, Uptown Green, Toledo, OH
2011 Flatlanders, Blissfield, MI
2010 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH “Art Inspires Art”
River House Arts, Toledo, OH
2008 Paoli House Gallery, Madison, WI
2007 Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, OH
Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH
2004 Turkaly Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2002 TAA Exhibit, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2000 Caelum Gallery / Hiroshima, Japan
Pierre Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1999 Claire Spitler Works of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
1998 Caelum Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1960- 64 Art Students’ League, N.Y., N.Y.