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Kathleen Craig

Kathleen Craig is based in central Virginia. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing before devoting herself to the visual arts. After working as a representational painter, she plunged into the world of abstraction and settled on abstract realism, in which objects, places and figures are recognizable but color and composition play predominant roles. Craig believes that nameable elements such as trees, tables, and animals help the painting with its primary job of communication. “I want to enjoy my work, but I also want anybody—with or without experience in the arts—to get it. I don’t want to make the viewer worry about what they are supposed to be seeing.”

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The inspiration for my paintings is twofold: in the beginning there is a definite vision. Could be a wave crashing...

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Biography

Kathleen Craig is based in central Virginia. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing before devoting herself to the visual arts. After working as a representational painter, she plunged into the world of abstraction and settled on abstract realism, in which objects, places and figures are recognizable but color and composition play predominant roles. Craig believes that nameable elements such as trees, tables, and animals help the painting with its primary job of communication. “I want to enjoy my work, but I also want anybody—with or without experience in the arts—to get it. I don’t want to make the viewer worry about what they are supposed to be seeing.”

STATEMENT
The inspiration for my paintings is twofold: in the beginning there is a definite vision. Could be a wave crashing into a rock in Nova Scotia, where I spend almost half my time. Or a photo of a chair-bound senior citizen, or the ridiculous number of thermoses on top of my fridge. Ultimately, however, the painting is inspired by what happens on the canvas.

Artworks

2

Goldfinches, 2017

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Abbreviated Forms / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Balanced Composition / Broad Brushstrokes / Canvas / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Flowers / Fruit and Florals / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / Inspiration from Art History / Inspiration from Old Masters / Lyrical Expression / Mid-Century Painting Composition / Nature / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Restrained Brushstrokes / Still Life / United States

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • M.F.A. Creative Writing. Warren Wilson College

  • B.A. Oberlin College

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Beverley Street Studio School Gallery, Staunton, VA

  • 2019

    Artspace, Richmond, VA

  • Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    My Studio [Zeuxis Still Life Association traveling exhibit] (2019-2020)

  • 2019

    Flowering: Inside/Outside, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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Education

  • M.F.A. Creative Writing. Warren Wilson College

  • B.A. Oberlin College

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Beverley Street Studio School Gallery, Staunton, VA

  • 2019

    Artspace, Richmond, VA

  • Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • 2018

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2017

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2016

    Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • 2015

    Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA

  • 2012

    Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts

  • 2011

    WMRA Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

  • 2003

    McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

  • 2001

    McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    My Studio [Zeuxis Still Life Association traveling exhibit] (2019-2020)

  • 2019

    Flowering: Inside/Outside, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2016

    Painting Center, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • 2014

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2012

    Taylor Art Center, Hampton, VA

  • 2008

    Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA

  • Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

Collections

  • Woodson Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • Washington and Lee School of Commerce, Lexington, VA

  • Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA

  • Aquilino Cancer Center, Rockville, MD

  • Piedmont Virginia Community College

  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Dyslexic, Boston, MA

  • Selected Private Collections

  • Lauren Benton, Dean, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Drs. Christopher and Catherine Loss, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Lisa Hoffman, Melbern G. Glasscock Professor, Texas A&M University

Publications

  • New American Paintings

  • Locally Charlottesville

  • Piedmont Magazine