Seattle, b.1985

Kelly Bjork

Kelly Bjork grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with a B.F.A. from Western Washington University in 2009. Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications, including: New American Paintings, McSweeney’s, No Man's Land, The Stranger, Anxy Magazine, and BOOOOOOOM. Notable clients include BluDot, The Wing and The Washington Post. In 2018, she received the Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center.

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Biography

Kelly Bjork grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with a B.F.A. from Western Washington University in 2009. Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications, including: New American Paintings, McSweeney’s, No Man's Land, The Stranger, Anxy Magazine, and BOOOOOOOM. Notable clients include BluDot, The Wing and The Washington Post. In 2018, she received the Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center.

Artworks

16

Anima Rising, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Autobiographical Approach / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Domestic Objects / Domestic Scenes / Family and Friend / Gouache on Paper / Gouache Paint / Memories / Painting / Pencil / Pencil on Paper / Scenes of Everyday Life / Seattle / Tension/Relief / Tracking Memories / United States / Women Artists / Works on Paper / Young / Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2009

    B.F.A. Drawing + Printmaking, Western Washington University

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Kelly Bjork, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Gentle Cravings, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, WA

  • 2016

    Almost Home, Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    100, Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

  • 2018

    Bellwether, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

  • I say: RADICAL you say: FEMINIST, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 2009

    B.F.A. Drawing + Printmaking, Western Washington University

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Kelly Bjork, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Gentle Cravings, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, WA

  • 2016

    Almost Home, Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    100, Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

  • 2018

    Bellwether, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

  • I say: RADICAL you say: FEMINIST, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA

  • 2017

    Outsiders, Art Primo, Seattle, WA

  • Party Hat: The Art Show, Party Hat, Seattle, WA

  • Joe Bar's 20th Anniversary, Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

  • Saudade, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, WA

  • Out of Sight, 115 South Jackson St, Seattle, WA

  • Living Together, Calypte Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Drawing Practice, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

  • 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Smith Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

  • Paintings, or it didn’t happen!, The Factory, Seattle, WA

  • 2016

    American Painting Today, V2, Seattle, WA

  • 2015

    Rearranging Furniture, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Icky Body, Less Space, Oakland, CA

  • =^._.^= (Cat Show), Velouria, Seattle, WA

  • Threads, Smith Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

  • 2014

    Significant Objects, Toast, Seattle, WA

  • Home: Through our Eyes, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

  • Vignettes Love Party, LoveCityLove, Seattle, WA

  • 2012

    Space Blanket Space Cadette, Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Teenage Dreamsicle, Refrigerator Artspace, Richmond, VA

  • The Snake and the Beast Work Together, Noodleworks Studios, Seattle, WA

  • INK, Spark: Museum of Electrical Invention, Bellingham, WA

  • 2011

    Selection of handmade artist books & poetry, Cullom Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Everything Small, Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham, WA

  • Miniature Memories, DIGS, Bellingham, WA

  • Paper Kingdom, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2010

    LIMBO!, One of One Gallery, Bellingham, WA

  • Standing Room Only, The Majestic, Bellingham, WA

  • Birds, Smith & Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

  • Winter Commission II, AMRE, Bellingham, WA

  • 2009

    Bare Images, LARC, Mount Vernon, WA

  • 2008

    NOPE, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA

  • 2007

    Composite, Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Projects

  • 2019

    Advisory Committee for Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement, Seattle Art Museum (2018-2019)

  • 2018

    Album cover for Cumulus

  • 2016

    Curatorial, Founder & Curator, Two Shelves, Seattle, WA (2014 - 2016)

  • 2015

    Curatorial, =^._.^= (Cat Show), Velouria, Seattle, WA

Grants/Awards

  • 2018

    Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

  • 2017

    Winter Art Walk Award, City Arts Magazine, Seattle, WA

  • Summer Art Walk Award, City Arts Magazine, Seattle, WA

Lectures/Talks

  • 2018

    Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

  • Clark College, Vancouver, WA

  • Gather Seattle, Seattle, WA

  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

  • 2017

    Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Publications

  • Illustrations Theme No.7: Feminism. Papier Magazine. Spring/Summer 2019

  • King, Karen. Accent on: Artist and Illustrator Kelly Bjork. Accent Opaque. May 2, 2019

  • DeMelo, Juno. The Only New-Mom Hack is Money: Sleep is for the Rich, InStyle Magazine. March 22, 2019

  • Madrigal, Alexis. Instagram Man, Anxy Magazine No.4: The Masculinity Issue. January 2019

  • Kelly Bjork's "Gentle Cravings" in Seattle. Juxtapoz Magazine. May 2018

  • Pothast, Emily. Kelly Bjork: Gentle Cravings, The Stranger. April 2018

  • ZINC Contemporary presents "Gentle Cravings" by Kelly Bjork, King5 News, April 2018

  • Constant, Paul. Would You Rather, The Seattle Review of Books. March, 27, 2018

  • Ball, Elissa. More or Less. Cover Art and spot illustrations. 2018

  • Aperloo, Sandra. Beautiful illustrations by Kelly Bjork, ArtisticMoods. March 13, 2018