Over the years, I have experimented with many different mediums and have found that I prefer to work mostly in acrylics. I create in layers, often pooling watery paint and leaving it to dry. This process allows a greater dialogue between the materials and me. While I ultimately make the decision as to what colours to apply and how many layers to make, there is still an element of chance in how things will turn out, and I relish in this. While experience has taught me more or less what to expect with various techniques, you can never really be certain. In fact, when reviewing older pieces I am often left wondering how I achieved a certain technique: I like to think that the muses truly guided my brushes!
Kitchener native, Paul Kekish has been exhibiting his paintings publicly since his first one man show at the Carmichael Gallery in Waterloo in 1984. Paul has been showing his work consistently since that first show at various galleries in the region: most notably the Eldon Gallery, Homer Watson Gallery, and both Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University galleries. Paul teaches Art at St. Mary’s High School in Kitchener and exhibits his work presently at the Westmount Gallery in Toronto, York Street Kitchen in Stratford, and now with the Gallery 96 group. While he has a definitive local following, Paul’s work can be found in the United States, Jamaica , France, Germany, Ukraine, Egypt and most recently India. Landscape and Portraits (or faces) are his favourite subject matter. A recent trip to India in 2010 resulted in a show at York Street Kitchen in January 2011 with new imagery inspired by the sub-continent.