I began my creative life in the theater. I am a graduate (MFA) from Yale Drama School, where I studied set and costume design. I have created sets and costumes for Juilliard School, Yale Repertory Theater, Alaska Repertory Theater and Wayside Theater in Virginia, among others. Although I no longer work in the theater, many of the skills and techniques I learned there have been useful to me in the studio.
My work features strong narrative content, much of which is based on myth, fable and fairy tale. My aesthetic has also been influenced by my interest in the Chicago Imagists, aboriginal art, Persian miniatures and “outsider” art.
A set and costume designer by training, K.A. Letts brings an unusual skill set to her paintings and drawings. The artist has absorbed the influence of early 20th century European masters and has combined them with techniques and imagery from aboriginal art, outsider and street art to create a unique visual language. Her erudite yet accessible figurative works are tightly crafted, carefully drawn, deeply felt.
K.A. Letts is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Yale Drama School (M.F.A.) She currently divides her time between Chicago and her farm in rural Michigan. She is an Inter/National Artist at A.I.R. Gallery www.airgallery.org in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a member of Detroit Artists Market www.detroitartistsmarket.org in Detroit, Mi.
Eleven paintings by the artist will be featured from May 31-June 22 in a solo exhibition in the Pop-up ArtLoop space at 202 S. State St in Chicago, IL.