Studio Tour

Studio Tour: Kieran Kinsella

by Maxwell Tielman

One of the many advantages of being an artist outside of the big city is space — lots of space. While artists and designers in metropolitan areas like New York scramble to find studios with fancy amenities like windows, their small-town and rustbelt brethren seem able to scoop up generous accommodations with relative ease. Woodworker and sculptor Kieran Kinsella, whose Rosendale home was featured on this site earlier this week, is no stranger to such perks. With not one, but two gorgeous studio spaces to work in, Kinsella’s workspace setup is enviable to say the least. Some days will find the artist wielding a chainsaw in the yard of his at-home studio, a former chicken coop whose rustic beauty and fairytale charm borders on downright unbelievable. Other days will find him driving a truck up to his Midtown Kingston studio, a more industrial-looking space that houses more tools, an antique lathe, and an old bicycle for riding into town for lunch.

This is to say nothing of Kieran’s work itself which is, to put it quite plainly, stunning. From tables and stools in the shape of teeth to small, decorative objects, Kieran’s work is often experimental and always imaginative. With unusual, sculptural forms and a tendency towards biomorphism, his pieces exude not just artistry but personality. Like clouds or Rorschach blots, they seem to resemble different things, from spaceships to animals, poised to scurry away. His workspaces, filled to the rafters with these objects, seem like creative oases—places where it’s hard to feel lonely, bored, or at a lack for inspiration. —Max

The entrance to Kieran's at-home studio, a former chicken coop on his farmhouse's property.
Kieran at work outside.
Kieran's second studio space, a garage in Midtown Kingston, NY.

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  • Checked out Kieran’s website. Wow, what gorgeous stools and tables. I absolutely love them. What a talent! Thanks for introducing me to such an imaginative woodworker.

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