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The Inspiration - Devlin and Kennedy Crow

Devlin & Kennedy Crow

 

Husband and wife, Devlin and Kennedy Crow are well known artists who make sculptural and multimedia artworks and use the medium of film - sometimes in its own right and sometimes in their installation pieces.

 

DEVLIN

I grew up in Sussex around rural countryside and then I lived by the sea. Went to the Art College in Brighton and attended the Newport College of Art and Design.

 

After graduating from film school in Wales in 1994, my animated film I directed The Anatomist's Notebook, won the Mayer Trencin Award for Craft at the International Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice - Slovakia and was nominated for the Post Office Mc Laren Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Animation Award at the Meridiens - 3rd European Film Forum in France and then went on a tour abroad to promote the best of animation, organised by the British Council.

 

My first professional animated short was for Channel Four/Arts Council, Expelling the Demon, starring Steven Berkoff and Lindsay Duncan with an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It was screened in 11 countries accompanying The Ring (the Japanese horror feature) in the theatrical UK screenings and won the Best Professional Film Debut at the Krok International Animated Film Festival and was premiered at Nick Cave’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank, London in 1999.

 

Since then I have directed various films and worked with Christopher Lee (the actor), Pete Townshend of The Who, Julian Bleach M.C of Shockheaded Peter the Junk Opera and the actor from the television series The Borgias, Sir Peter Blake (the pop artist), Sir John Tavener (the classical composer), Andy Serkis (the actor) Jocelyn Pook composer for Stanley Kubrick's score for his last feature Eyes Wides Shut and the classical/comic actor Richard Briers. Film-work is in the Arts Council England and BFI National Film Archive and the Arvo Part Foundation Artworks in the private art collections of Sir Peter Blake, Andy Serkis, Paula Rego and Pete Townshend of "The Who".
 

Kennedy
 

I was born in Liverpool in the magical year of 1963. I luckily started work at 16, whilst a depression hit the City with the closure of the docks. A boring job for the catalogue by Sir John Moores of "Littlewood's" fame. Then moving to Crawley in Sussex,at 21, to become an employee of British Caledonian. After flying around the world a few times as a flight attendant I decided to get the further education I had missed out on, after leaving school.

 

The first was a National Diploma in Interior Design which means internal architecture not house decorating. And, then, my Degree in Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic.

 

During a brief gap in my learning, whilst working for a publisher, I woke up one day, unable to feel my feet. This I learned was the beginning of M.S. After this terrible diagnosis, I did the only life affirming thing I could think, that came to mind, have a baby!
 

And 2 years after he was born, my husband abandoned me. After 5 yrs looking after my child alone, I met Devlin. And so our colaboration began.