Debbi's works are sneaky in a sense that, instead of denying the existence of a frame, they subtly push against and peak out from it (have you noticed the pairs of eyes in some of her paintings?) Neat square pieces on the outer boundaries of the frame devolve into patterns, curves, and patches of sprayed paint. Some of Debbi's paintings actually look like puzzles, challenging you to play an active role - only to reveal that, in the end, her puzzles yield fun for the sake of it rather than a finished picture.
Debbi Kenote (American, b. 1991) is a painter based in New York City. Working with expressive shapes,a variety of brushwork and a bright palette, Kenote renders intricate abstract compositions that fuseorganic and geometric shapes. More recently, her work playfully displays shapes like squiggles andfloating cloud forms, suspended in a gridded format. She works primarily in oil, acrylic and spray paint oncanvas, inen and paper. During her recent solo exhibition at The Canvas by Querencia Studio in NewYork, Kenote created a new body of work, including four large scale paintings. Since then she hascompleted two residencies, the NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland and the CAI ProjectsResidency, in Cadiz, Spain.