Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Four Million Angels

Width of a Wave   Katherine Kean
oil on linen, tryptych   18 x 72 inches

I am pleased to be part of Four Million Angels at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House, featuring artworks by Mark Steven Greenfield, J. Michael Walker, Kathi Flood, Michael Massenburg, and me.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are  available at Eventbrite.

This exhibition examines the people who fill the streets of Santa Monica on a sunny day. Whether they are visiting the Santa Monica Pier, the 3rd Street Promenade, Angels' Attic, Bergamot Station, a concert at McCabe's Guitar Shop or Santa Monica State Beach, a diverse cross section of Angelenos will be in the crowd. Given the dramatic presence of the ocean, the four million people that live in the City of Los Angeles find Santa Monica to be one of our greatest magnets. The artists in this exhibit make work that reflects a passionate interest in the people of Los Angeles and speaks of our universal experiences. Four Million Angels investigates the City's history, environment, lifestyle, psychological range, architecture, and geography. We hope to trigger a dialogue about the essence of our unique population and elicit a better understanding of who is beside us in line at Pacific Park.

The exhibition will be on view from January 18 through April 30, 2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

International Association for the Study of Dreams - Dream Art Exhibition

Red Horse Katherine Kean
oil on linen 20 x 30 inches
Two of my dream paintings will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the International Association for the Study of Dreams Annual Dream Conference. The conference will be in Anaheim this year, on June 16 - 20, 2017 at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove in Anaheim, California.

The exhibition is open to the public, and you are not required to register for the conference to attend. A meet the artists event takes place on Sunday, June 18th at 7:30pm and an artists reception follows from 8:30 - 10:00pm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Multiplicity: the Eye of the Artists at Izen Miller Gallery

Scattered Glow Katherine Kean
oil on linen on panel 42 x 52 inches

I'm excited to be in this group exhibition at Izen Miller Gallery's new location on El Paseo in Palm Desert.

Artists include Carole Beauvais, Carol Bishop, Ilana Bloch, Catherine Bohrman, Philippe Chambon, Michael Davis, Downs, Vivian & Ed Flynn, Ruth Gonzales, Marcy Gregory, Katherine KeanMasha Keating, John Luebtow, and Barry Orleans.

Opening Reception: 

Saturday February 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

For more information, please contact Deanna Miller: 760.898.0223
deanna@izenmillergallery.com  or visit IzenMillerGallery.com.

Izen Miller Gallery

73-740 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Friday, January 06, 2017

ECO ART an exhibition January 10 - February 15, 2017

Sheltering Cloud, Restless Land, Desolate Tree  Katherine Kean oil on linen 16 x 16 inches
Sheltering Cloud, Restless Land, Desolate Tree
Katherine Kean
oil on linen 16 x 16 inches

I'll be exhibiting two paintings in this group exhibition. It opens next week.

ECO ART an exhibition 
January 10 - February 15, 2017  

Opening Reception Thursday, January 12  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Fine Arts Building, Rm 108 
15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Free Admission 
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Special viewing appointments may be made by calling the Foundation Office:
(714) 895-8316

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Izen Miller Gallery at The River - Exhibition continues through November 13

Marsh Glow Katherine Kean
oil on linen 30 x 30 inches

I'm exhibiting nine atmospheric paintings at Izen Miller Gallery's inaugural exhibition at a new space. It is located at The River, Suite B113 - directly across from the Theater at 71-800 CA-111 in Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. 

Also exhibiting are Carol Beauvais, Philippe Chambon, John Luebtow, and Barry Orleans.

This is a really nice time of year to visit the desert. The gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 1;00 pm until 8:00 pm and Sundays from 11;00am until 6:00 pm. Private viewings are available by appointment.  

There will be a closing reception on Saturday, November 12 from 5;00 pm until 8:00 pm. It would be lovely to see you there.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sketch Work from Dreams and Surreal Experiences

Night Swimming
©2016  Katherine Kean
graphite 10 x 8 inches

Night Swimming 2
©2016  Katherine Kean
graphite 9 x 8 inches
 I never forgot having an encounter with an owl while swimming at night. My guess at the time, as it swooped very low just over my head, is that with just my head above water I must have appeared to be prey. I'm thankful the owl had second thoughts. I've heard of other owl situations that didn't end as well.

Dream Drawing: Horse 
©2016  Katherine Kean
graphite 6 x 10 inches
 I've been finalizing drawings and preparing linen for painting. I've been gradually changing from stretched supports to linens glued down to panels. It requires a longer preparation time, but less, make that no, sagging, buckling, re-stretching, tightening, denting headaches down the road.

I've been using Lineco glue for the archival and reversible qualities, but find it a pain on larger sizes. It sets so fast that the glue on one end of the panel is dry before I can finish applying it to the rest. I'm going to try BEVA film next time. It is heat activated, so I may be able to simply iron it down. Either way, I'm finding it handy to have many large format art books handy. They do make incredible weights.

Chair Books Fire Water Dream wip
©2016 Katherine Kean
oil on linen on panel
The same art books appear in this dream based painting shown in the initial blocking in stage. Some of the drawings made to develop this image can be found here: Dream Sketch :Books, Chair, Fire, Water.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Planning, Intuition, Imagination

"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." - Picasso

Cloudburst Over Marsh work in progress
©2016  Katherine Kean
oil on linen 40 x 40 inches
Do your paintings talk back to you as you paint them?

During Anselm Kiefer’s talk at the Getty last week, he mentioned that he starts a piece with an idea in mind, but during the process the artwork will often transform into something else.

Usually I begin a painting with what I think is a clear intention of what the painting is about; the content, the subject, the mood and also the scale, the palette, and to what extent it will be painterly and textured.

Cloudburst Over Marsh sketch 
©2016 Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 10 inches
I almost always go to Nature as the source of inspiration. I also make use of the many intellectual rules of composition. You know them: the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci Spiral, the Rule of Thirds, etc. With these ideas in the back of my mind I rearrange the elements of the landscape to align to the framework of the canvas. Clouds up and to the left, tree down and to the right, the curve of a road from here to there, and so on.

Cloudburst Over Marsh study 
©2016 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 6 x 6 inches
Most of the time everything proceeds as imagined, and I’ll think I know when and how the painting will arrive.

Cloudburst Over Marsh work in progress 
©2016 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 40 x 40 inches
“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought." - Picasso

Cloudburst Over Marsh work in progress 
©2016 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 40 x 40 inches
Lately I find that as I approach this anticipated completion, I’ll begin to see something else and if I slow down and let it happen the painting seems to suggest a direction it would like to go – which may or may not be what I’d originally intended. 

Cloudburst Over Marsh detail 
©2016 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 40 x 40 inches
Often the shift is subtle, a part I wasn’t too concerned about starts to become more of a focus point. A section of sky asks to be darkened, a carefully painted cloud all but disappears. A faintly suggested tree demands attention and detail. Other times it might as well be a completely different painting. If I take the hint and follow up, the results often make sense and I wonder why it wasn’t part of my “original plan” – or was it? It’s hard for me to tell where imagination ends and intuition begins.

And yet, I’m starting to like this way of working.

“Picasso was writing about this subject when he said: “I consider a work of art as the product of calculations, but calculations which are frequently unknown to the author himself. It is exactly like the carrier pigeon calculating his return to the loft. But the calculation that turns out to be correct is unknown to him; it is a calculation that precedes intelligence.” - Keeper of the Flame, An essay on Max Shertz and his Art of the Unconscious. By Daniel Kaufman, Artist and Writer