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Kathryn Keller

Kathryn Keller

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  • Artist Statement

    When I first painted a pine tree, I first loved a pine tree. Before I painted the tree, I thought “How Inferior to other trees they are!” But in the painting of the pine tree, I learned how it was made. I began to marvel in the architecture of it.
    Painting outside allows for moments of bliss. A flock of migrating waxwings descends to devour the hackberries in the tree under which I am painting. It also has its tribulations, gnats being among the worst.
    When I work from the human figure I revel in the physical pleasures of painting. I love the smell of oil paint, the array of thick gobs of color waiting to be plunged into, the visceral application of paint. I scrape, wipe, smear, glaze. Often I have to lose the image in order to find it again. I focus on shape and color relationships. If I manage to capture the poignancy of a gesture or of the expression in the eyes, I am happy.
    When I paint interiors I try to capture a particular moment in time: How, for instance, the sunlight streaming in from the window just now makes the silver goblet sparkle.
    When I travel, I paint with watercolors. The watercolors are different in tone from the oils. They are less serious. Water, won’t be pushed around. It will have its own way, so the paintings are more spontaneous, immediate and light hearted. I see irony in them. Good things can happen quite by accident, as if by magic.

  • Resume

    KATHRYN KELLER
    Born. 1952, El Dorado, Arkansas Lives and works in Alexandria, Louisiana

    EDUCATION
    1974 B.A. Studio Art and English, The University of the South Sewanee, TN 1977 Painting and Drawing, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK 1979-1980 Painting and Drawing, The Art Students League of New York, NY 2005-2013 Painting and Drawing Classes, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

    EXHIBITIONS
    2018: “Landscapes" Moremen Moloney Gallery, Louisville, KY
    2018: “March Invitational Show" Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NC
    2017: “A Sense of Place: Kathryn Keller" Moremen Moloney Gallery, Louisville, KY
    2017: “Robert Fontaine Gallery, Captiva island” Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami , FL
    2017: “The View Within" The Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
    2016: “Octavia Gallery Summer Show” Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    2015: “Autumn Group Show Featuring Kathryn Keller” William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    2014: “Kathryn Keller Recent Work” The Downstairs Gallery, Savannah, GA
    2005: “Works by Kathryn Keller” Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
    2004: “Kathryn Keller” Serenity Gallery, Bay St. Louis, MS
    2003: “New Orleans Artists” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    2001: “New Orleans Artists Holiday Show” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    2000: “Kathryn Keller Current Works” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    1999: “New Orleans Artists Holiday Show” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    1998: “Kathryn Keller Current Works” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    1992: “Artists in New Orleans” Galerie Simmone Stern, New Orleans, LA
    1988: “New Orleans Artists” Galerie Simmone Stern, Atlanta, GA

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