Vivid autobiographical memories and influences from film and early Kodachrome photography strongly inform the work of Gillian Kenny Shinnors. Her work excavates strong photographic references through the use of painterly language. Her recent body of paintings explores nostalgic memories which are bittersweet in the era of this pandemic. The notion of leisure time and of being on holidays is now elevated into a cloud of affectionate nostalgia through which the idealised memories of the past are viewed.
Kenny Shinnors generates her work through appropriating imagery from old photographs, and self- generated imagery which includes familiar scenes and landmarks. Her unique perspective includes strong pictorial compositions, juxtapositions of people and architecture and her distinctive strongly saturated palette, capturing light and shade. These images of places we love and cherish, do not exist in the cold world of reality however they thrive in our imaginations. Hence the delight in inhabiting these environments or happening across an old postcard which is akin to a validation of the images we carry in our minds, only better.