Kane Lehanneur’s paintings radiate energy and warmth.
Working primarily between acrylics and oils, the Sydney based artist practising on Guringai Country, traverses both the personal and the political on his restrained, spacious picture planes. His recent commission for Framer is a continuation of his Flower Bed series - tessellations of floral forms rendered in soft muted tones.
Often informed by the shapes and atmospheres of the natural world, Kane’s abstracted forms and hazy textures translate his world to canvas. He describes how when communicating with his audience “there is often a hierarchy, where colour more often than not comes first”.
Drawing and painting from a young age with his brother, a creative path was always on the cards. Branching out into photography during his formative years, along with design and animation, he formed an eclectic skill set that allows him to jump between practices and projects.
From a shared studio on the Northern Beaches, Kane runs a creative agency with friends and collaborators. Below this space is Kane’s art studio - a sanctuary he intentionally separates from the outside world. “My studio is a place where I can dedicate my full self to the exploration and creation of conceptual frameworks”.
Heavily influenced by sonic mediums, the styles of which vary from Habibi Funk to Afro Beats depending on the mood, Kane uses music to access his subconscious. “Music is very important in my practice, I’ll choose a genre of music depending on what I’m working on and the meaning behind the work”.
Kane describes how he has always been drawn to juxtapositions in life, the dark and light, positive and negative and how without one we wouldn’t have the other. His Flower Bed series, which began in early 2021, is an exploration of this - honing in on the paradoxical symbol of a flower and its ability to hold the dualities of life and loss in its essence.
His most recent body of work, titled Rattlin Bones, navigates a much more personal realm, exploring major loss and submission to the uncontrollable. “Art gives me a place to completely express what I have going on inside me, to surrender to something without any boundaries”. Applying raw pigment and water directly onto the canvas, the mediums are left to dictate their own outcome. Veils of earthly hues change with light and perspective, playing on the viewers’ senses and nurturing the freedom of colour in space.
Words by Paddy Ferguson
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