John Kindness

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John Kindness (born 1951) is an Irish artist working a range of media including sculpture and painting. His work often contrasts material, image and reference in an unusual and humorous way.

Kindness was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended the Belfast College of Art and now lives and works in London.

Typical of Kindness's work is the Treasures of New York series he produced when he spent time in New York in the early 1990s. Here, scenes inspired by contemporary life but modelled in style on Athenian ceramics are painted on panels from New York yellow cabs, equating the significance and stature of contemporary life with that of classical times. He is also known for his use of tiles in sculpture, often contrasting the domestic and static association of tiling with a dynamic and epic subject.

In 2014, he received an Individual Support Award from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.[1]

Work in collections or on display[edit]

The Big Fish, Belfast, October 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant Recipients 2014
  2. ^ New Artwork at Hillsborough Castle is feast for human eye, Belfast Telegraph, 24 May 2019
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  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Arts Council of Northern Ireland". Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  7. ^ John Kindness Sculpture Comes to Down County Museum, website of Newry, Mourne and Down district council, 7 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ulsterbus Station in Glengall Street, Belfast". Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  9. ^ "Hermes (1990) by John Kindness (b. 1951, Belfast)". Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  10. ^ "Coffee Conversations". Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Barbara Dawson, "Kindness, John" in Brian Lalor (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-3000-2

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