Cecil Kennedy was born in England on the 4th February 1905. He was the son of Landscape painter Thomas Robert Kennedy from whom he received early inspiration and instruction. Cecil’s early career was centred around portraiture and he became a prominent member of the English Contemporary School. Cecil continued to study and later travelled to Europe alongside a number of his peers such as Dutch artist Nico Jungmann. By his mid-twenties, Cecil had exhibited works at the Royal Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and was awarded a silver medal at the Paris Salon in 1956 and later awarded a Gold medal in 1970.
During World War II, Cecil Kennedy was posted to Belgium, it was here, in Antwerp where he embraced the styles and techniques of the old Flemish and Dutch master painters. Cecil’s wife, Winifred Aves whom he married in the early 1930’s was a keen flower arranger, her creative arrangements were a great source of inspiration for Cecil’s paintings. His use of traditional English flowers and in particular, all white flower arrangements where reflected in the horticultural trends of the 20th Century.
Cecil Kennedy’s work was highly regarded within the Royal family, Queen Mary, wife of King George V was a huge admirer. Cecil’s paintings remain highly popular with still-life collectors to this day and can be found within corporate and private collectors throughout the world.