Kathryn captures the attention of our eyes and our hearts as she celebrates her homeland of Minnesota on Arches paper. This fantastic work of Art was translated from her thoughts and mixed feelings about her hometown to paper with Winsor and Newton watercolors. Set at dusk, Kathryn takes us on a journey into her mind via a highway leading into downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Kathryn and her newly born second son, who has already become an international traveler, at the reception for Paul Ching-Bor at the Art Students League where she received the prestigious Red-Dot award given to only one artist in the class. Kathryn shared a wonderful story of the love and support that allows her to be creative on so many levels.
Kathryn Keller Larkins is a painter who lives and works in New York City. She is a professor at the Art Institute of New York City, teaching courses in Art History and Visual Culture. Currently, she studies watercolor technique with Paul Ching-Bor at the Art Students’ League of New York, creating heavily saturated works which mix watercolor and gouache resulting in a layered and glazed effect going beyond traditional approach to the medium.
“In my painting work, I have been interested in the dramatic tension between representation and abstraction, and a thematic question of the isolated experience within many group experiences, such as traffic, a concert audience, or even family. I also feel that sincere investigations of things such as landscape bring out the truth of a society and often tell its story more completely than what we may officially present to the world as our history.”
In her Automotive series, the artist explores the capability of a landscape to reveal the realized priorities and character of a culture. What is recorded is the monumental architecture of modern urban life – the highway clover leaf, the billboard advertisement, the broadcast tower. What is presented is a document of a moment of reflection, a point in a journey where traveler and place define one another.
As the recipient of the 2010 Fantasy Fountain Fund grant to study in Paris, Kathryn was also the recipient of her husband’s emotional grant that encouraged her to courageously study abroad while pregnant with their second son.
“Father & Sons” is a tribute to her husband and their first son. Kathryn started her studies at The Art Students League right after he was born. She shared, “My husband made me promise that when I became a mom I would still keep painting. Supportive partners are the best!”
This past fall she was invited to be in the Leagues Outreach Exhibition program entitled “Expressions in Watercolor” that ran from September 28, 2010 to January 24, 2011 at Public Healthcare Communications in Manhattan.
Kathryn Keller Larkins is a painter who lives in Harlem. She is a professor at the Art Institute of New York City, teaching courses in Art History and Visual Culture. Currently, she studies watercolor technique with Paul Ching-Bor at the Art Students’ League of New York, creating heavily saturated works that mix watercolor and gouache. The resulting layered and glazed effects go beyond traditional approaches with the medium.
TRANSPORTATION is the title of Kathryn’s most recent exhibition held at the Shrine Bar in Harlem May 13 – June 30th, 2011.
“ELEMENTS of FIERCE!” celebrates Kathryn and her Artistry. We look forward to seeing more of your work at upcoming exhibit. Thank you for inspiring us all to not just think about our dreams, but to live them!