A Kenyan Art Story - Clinton Kirkpatrick

Nairobi, Kenya
FUNDED

Hello Everyone!

In 2011 I went out, orginally, as a volunteer to Kenya in Africa. Unaware of what was to lie around the corner, art began to infiltrate into every moment of my Kenyan existence whether it was through my own notes and sketchbooks, the two groups who I taught how to draw or the artist who I met out in the Internally Displaced Person camp. Those people from Kenya did amazing things with me and they inspired me in more ways than words will ever be able to express.

This crowd-funding project is one of many fundraising methods I am exploring to reach me to my target of £3000. I am seeking a little help to allow me to go back to Kenya, in October 2012, and hopefully develop what was started last year within my art practice. Upon returning home at the end of June 2011 I began the creation of a new body of work, 'I was here, I lived, I loved', which went on display at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast in March 2012. This was drawn out of my time in Kenya in May and June of 2011. Something happened with my painting and my thought process, as an artist, within that body of work. Now, in 2012, I would very much like to explore it further and try to understand and solidify my life as this artist as, this time, I wish to work alongside Kenyans, collaborate on art projects and teach to others as I explore my own body of work.

I am aiming to push my painting career, like never before, now that I am a full time artist. Any support and help that I may gain from anyone will be invaluable and I would be forever indebted as you would be helping me strive towards my ambitions and help me become this artist who I know lives inside me. Unfortunately I am not in a position to be able to entirely fund this project myself. This initiative is to hopefully enable you to come with me on this residency so that you can also experience all the emotion and colour.

About me:

I, Clinton Kirkpatrick, am a young emerging artist specialising in painting. I knew I was a painter from an early age and so was confident enough to place all my energy into pushing it forward. I am now a full time self-employed artist. My latest exhibition was in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast where I filled over 150 feet of space with new large-scale paintings relating to my time in Kenya in May and June of 2011.

I graduated from the University of Huddersfield in England with my BA Hons: Painting and Drawing degree. There I was awarded two scholarships to travel to Singapore and South Korea to invest in different art practices. Since returing back to Northern Ireland in 2008 I have been awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Centre bursary three consecutive years by the Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee.

Future:

I will be keeping on top of sending out relevant rewards to people as my time in Kenya takes place. When I return from Kenya I will be straight into creating a new body of work which will go on display in 2013 in Northern Ireland. There will be no hanging about with my painting meaning that any rewards, that need to be created, will be completed within the couple of months after returning home. 

COME WITH ME ON MY JOURNEY

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Postcard from Kenya with a given thought of that moment of time

£7.00 or more : The essence of this project is to take you on the journey with me to Kenya. This thought on a postcard will be sent from where I am based in Kenya. It will be personal to you and a one off moment of that given point in my time there. I do not know what I will write. Or indeed what I may be thinking.

 

I was here.I lived. I loved. - Exhibition Catalogue from March 2012

£8.00 or more : This is the exhibition catalogue I created for my show in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, in March 2012. It is a personal exploration of my time in Kenya and what came after. I invited those I worked alongside in Kenya to send text and drawings as the essence of the catalogue was about the personal interaction I had experienced when there. It is A4 in size. I will post to you in the world.

 

Handwritten letter giving an deeper sense of my time in Kenya

£16.00 or more : This will be a longer letter addressed to you and sent from where I am in Kenya when there. How I feel, I imagine, will significantly change over the weeks in which I will be in Kenya meeting people and creating art. If you wish to purchase two letters this is cool and you are welcome to do it. This means that two letters could come from Kenya to you and I would make a conscious effort that they would be sent weeks apart giving very different points of view and momentary specifics. If I know you it will be all the more personal. Even if I don't recognise a sponsor you will get an insight into the artist I am.

 

Disposable camera taken during my trip + postcard sent from Kenya

£30.00 or more : There is only a few of these intimate rewards up for grabs. This will give a wonderful insight into what I may get up to during my time in Kenya. I will randomly snap shots of my surroundings and happenings. I may even snap one of me in there during the creation of my art. When I return home I will post the camera to you and you are welcome to either look at it knowing it was in another country, or get it developed to see my experience :D I will send a postcard to you from Kenya with a thought on it in the mean time when waiting on your camera.

 

A4 drawing on paper created in Kenya, sent to you from there

£60.00 or more : This will be an original drawing created when I am in Kenya and sent to you when I am over there. I am keen to have those who are supporting my self arranged residency to be a complete part of my time there. It is important for me to be able to communicate from where I am at that point. This will be a huge learning curve with my work and I hope someone might like to own a drawing from that point in time.

 

Coloured A3 drawing/study as part of a new body of work after returning home

£100.00 or more : When I arrive back to Northern Ireland I will be embarking on a new series of painting relating to my time in Kenya. This coloured drawing/study will be on A3 Watercolour paper and posted out to you. I will also send you a postcard when I am in Kenya.

 

A2 drawing/study as part of a new body of painting after returning from Kenya

£200.00 or more : When I arrive back from Kenya I will be embarking on a new series of painting for an exhibition in 2013. This reward will be an A2 drawing/study from the beginning of my new work created. I will also send a postcard to you when I am in Kenya.

 

An original abstract 46x55cm painting inspired by Kenya

£350.00 or more : When I return home I will create you an original abstract painting, alongside my new body of works, which will reflect upon my time in Kenya. Possible notions within the works will be the colour, landscape, people, experience. I will send you a postcard from Kenya.

 

An original abstract 46x55cm painting inspired by Kenya and an A2 drawing

£450.00 or more : When I return home I will create you an original abstract painting, alongside my new body of works, which will reflect upon my time in Kenya. It will be 46x55cm and possible notions within the work will be the colour, landscape, people, culture, character, experience. For this reward I will also create an A2 drawing for you to have along with the painting.