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"Caller I.D." is oil on canvas and framed in a simple black frame.

This painting's meaning is deliberately vague and enigmatic.

I hope that people will make up stories about the pictures I paint. I make them to be points of departure for people to create their own fantasies of what they think they mean.

If you have a story or even just a sentence or two that you would like to share about this image, e-mail me and I will post the painting and your story to my blog.

My blog:

Here's what the critics say about me.

Kelly Vance of the East Bay Express, Oakland CA writes:

There’s a certain narrative expectancy in Kenney Mencher’s paintings. Even in his relatively docile portraits of such characters as Mr. Badanov or Lou Pine, we sense a story unfolding. But when Mencher really lets his subjects roar, as in Apocrypha or Scoutmaster, his realism takes an abrupt turn into the realm of danger -- or cartoon psychodrama, as in the case of Scooby Snack, in which a character in a dog suit interacts with a half-dressed woman. The East Bay artist’s realistic exploration of bizarre and frankly sexual scenarios – a whiff of Edward Hopper, a blast of Mickey Spillane, a rrowf of David Lynch – has landed him in hot water before. Employees at a San Francisco gallery displaying his works found them too disturbing to put up with, and four paintings in a Sacramento art show were removed, also because of gallery employees’ complaints.

Artworks Magazine says this about my work:

Everything is not always so black and white for narrative painter Kenney Mencher, either. "Sometimes I see in shades of gray and sepia." Realist in execution, the subjects of Mencher's narratives make confessions and declare intentions, but the silence of the paint leaves only a visual trace as to what's being said and what understandings are being clarified. By combining calligraphic gestural brushstrokes with passages of tight traditional glazing techniques, Mencher's work explores the thread of human connection woven into our own experiences.

The artist cites literature, television and film as major influences in his work. Since childhood, the New York native was drawn to black and white life seen on TV. Later, it was the films "Manhattan" and "Raging Bull" that cemented his relationship to the monochrome world. Mencher confesses that an illustration by Frederick Remington at the Chicago Art Institute truly sealed his attraction to the less saturated.

Here's a little bit about me, Kenney Mencher, the artist.

Originally from New York, NY, Kenney Mencher earned a BA and MA in Art History from City University of New York and University of California, Davis, respectively, following which he went on to obtain a MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Chicago and Texas A&M University, and now teaches at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.

I have an extensive national exhibition record that includes solo and group shows. My work has been featured in newspapers, as well as the "Artist Magazine." It has also been published as cover art for four paperback noir novels and on the cover of the Laredo Philharmonic playbill, Lullaby Hearse Magazine, and the Oregon Literary Review. I maintain strong relationships with a large group of collectors in several states. I am a professional and will live up to any and all commitments I make both socially and professionally.

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Caller I.D. by Kenney Mencher oil on canvas 36"x36"x1.5" inches framed

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