CHANEL KENNEBREW (b.1982, Inglewood, CA) is a Brooklyn/Philadelphia based mixed media artist and prop stylist. Kennebrew holds a B.F.A. from Ryerson University and has also studied at New York School of Visual Arts and Ontario College of Art and Design.
She has exhibited her work at The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Westwood Gallery, i-20 Gallery, WNYC Radio’s Green Space, Rush Gallery, Andeken Gallery, SXSW and the Manifest Hope Art for Obama Democratic Convention Gallery Exhibition. She has done site specific installation work at Etsy’s HQ, Publicis and branded art projects for Nickelodeon, Birkenstock, Pepsi, and Macy’s.
Her art has been featured and written about in the New York Times, The New York Post, Gawker and The Wall Street Journal. She has spoken on panels for The Asian Art’s Alliance, Corridor Gallery, The Black Future Project (Toronto), NYFA, and Craft Magazine.
Kennebrew is a contributing prop stylist for InStyle Magazine, People StyleWatch Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Real Simple Magazine, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
She’s currently working on a series of visual art called Explorations of Nude. This series of mixed media work explores the generalization of the term nude as well as what it means to be transparent and completely naked and open in terms of shaking off categories. This new work comprised of 3D collage, mixed media illustrations as well as had cut paper, and installations. Through these mixed media work she uses hand cutting and stacking to explore peeling back layers in terms of society’s history, power and trends and moving into imagining, designing and building the future.
She’s usually a one-person operation, and finds it funny to speak about herself in third person but that is generally the way these bio things are done.