William Kendall


William Kendall holds a BS degree in art education from the University of Minnesota and MS and MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin, at Madison.


He presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus from Bridgewater State University, where he taught painting for over thirty years.  He also spent the last twenty years as an architectural designer, specializing in early American architecture.  His work has been featured in many publications, including Architectural Digest.


He retired from teaching, and moved to the seaside town of Westport, Massachusetts.  After a ten-year hiatus, both from teaching and designing, Kendall built a studio and began to paint full-time in 2014. This move created a renaissance in his work, gaining him great prominence from the local art communities, in addition to a growing interest in his work internationally.



“I think in terms of abstraction; the subject of my paintings is the paint itself.  I’m dealing with the power of color, the richness of texture and the suggestion of space.  My painting process is a very complex method of layering pigments, using the timeless techniques of impasto, scumbles, and glazes.  I prefer to work on large canvases.   Many of these take months to finish.  I am continuously pushing the paint to make things happen in spontaneous ways.  I use combinations I’ve never used before and the edges are my vocabulary.   Much like jazz, improvisation is my language.  Each time I begin a painting, I am curious to see what will happen, as it is always a surprise.”

Coastal Contemporary Gallery
491 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840  401.612.6121

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