About Portrait of Unknown
Portraitpainting makes me think of a person's essence and what it would be like to be that person. When we see a portrait, we immediately ask ourselves who it is just as if it were to explain something that you do not already see. This portrait is based on a found image. We do not know who it is but there is someone we can identify with on a human level. It is likely that we will have different interpretations of the person in the picture. Participating in uncovering a story makes the image our own and perhaps it will change with us.
After studies at National College of Art in Stockholm and the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm (1995), Kenneth Pils now lives and works in Stockholm. He has made numerous exhibitions in Sweden and Europe and several public art works in Sweden. He has been involved in the artist-run scene in Stockholm. He is one of the co-founders of the interdisciplinary and international art-as-research project "Being in the world" (http://beingintheworld.net).
Although rooted in painting Kenneth's works is placed in a borderland where painting merge with other fields. By using traditional hands-on material (such as paint or charcoal) in combination with digital image processing and randomizing methods he questions intentionality and interpretation. The work of art should release that which cannot be anticipated.