I have spent my life looking at architecture around the world. My paintings of buildings are a celebration of the lives of ordinary people and the passing of time. They are a moment of recognition and applause for the everyday and the banal.
All of my work is derived from paintings, drawings and notes that I make on location observing real cities. I spend a month or so each year studying and recording the subject matter that will sustain me for the rest of the year.
I collect newspapers, receipts, wrappings and labels from my trips, some of which become incorporated into the fabric of my finished paintings.
My work is all created with water-based media, primarily watercolour but I also use inks and some limited amounts of gouache and acrylic. The work derives much of its weight and intensity from the use of collage and a variety of thickening and glazing agents.
I undertake commissions regularly, always beginning with a period of time at the location to draw and paint and react to the subject in person.
1962 Born in Hornchurch, Essex
1981-84 Studied BA (Hons) in Architecture at the University of Sheffield (First class)
1986-88 Studied MA in the Department of Architecture at Royal College of Art
1989-90 Studied RIBA part 3 at South Bank University
1994 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
2001- British Cultural Consultant, Cartus International, Chicago
2002 Faculty of Design, Columbia College, Chicago
2003- Taught Life Drawing, Watercolour and Postgraduate Studio, American Academy of Art, Chicago
‘Award for Best Architectural Work’, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 1994 and 1996
‘Most Innovative Use of the Medium’, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 2001
‘Turner Medal for Watercolour’, 2008
2007 ‘Brush and Needle’, MBK Studios, Chicago
2004 ‘Havana’, ES Lawrence Gallery, Charleston
2003 ‘Charleston’, ES Lawrence Gallery, Charleston
2004/06 ‘International Drawing Biennale’, Plzen, Czech Republic
2003 ‘New Works by Mat Barber Kennedy and Katherine Brennand’, Linda Blackstone Gallery