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Kaelen Van Cura

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Omaha, NE

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Kansas City Art Institute, 2000, BFA

modern, pop, mixed-media, abstract


Kaelen Van Cura is an artist whose colorful, abstract paintings contain both personal and cultural emblems. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she received her BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2000. Kaelen resided in Kansas City for several years, where she exhibited her paintings in many group and solo shows. She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contrasting elements, culled from a variety of influences – fashion, art history, video games and the Internet – intersect to create an amalgam of paint. Vibrant colors and flat grays, sharp edges next to amorphous shapes, floral patterns contrasting with geometric solids: these are a few of the contradictory components that characterize my current work.

Remembered patterns and colors join bits of lace, letters and irregular shapes gliding across the surface, competing for attention. Disparate forms coexist in the paintings, not only because the images originate from a multitude of sources, but also because I am full of contradictions, unable to wholeheartedly embrace any one thing because of a constant awareness of other views and possibilities.

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