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Joey Kilrain

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Joseph-kilrain2

Birthplace
South Philly

Lives in
New York City

Works in
New York City

Website

Representing galleries
The Curb Art Space, Openings NY, United Creators

Tags
abstract, digital, studio-lofts, surrealism

Statement

Born and raised in South Philly, PA. I learned art through my family, catholic school,
and adventure.

While living in Philly inspiration came from comic books, trading cards, and grafitti. As I got older, my spiritual side began to shine through and the messages in my work became more associated with real-life situations.

My work can be divided into two topics, the whimsical paintings and raw drawings.

The paintings have 3 definitive subjects: family & friends, my personal adventures, and corporate America.

Living in a world that considers everyone guilty until proven innocent, I find myself at the forefront of adventure with many strangers. My life stories are full of fortunate misfortunes, blessings in disguise. In my work, I use bright colors and a fun artistic style to portray messages derived from these past memories. When viewers delve deeper into the paintings for meaning, the central themes – deception, greed, corruption, death, unity, perseverance, rebuilding, positive thinking, and faith – may resonate with them in a profound and personal way.

My raw drawings are solely based on my past moments in my life. The different scenes from my gruesomely sad and wildly insane childhood moments have created a work that is remarkable. Page after page, one can immediately feel the massive emotional undertow of the work. The first diary, entitled ‘When God was asleep’, resulted in a set of drawings solely in black and white. The follow-up diary, ‘When God was awake’ uses a wide array of colors. This diary speaks on moments of my life that without divine intervention from God I would not be the person I am today.

Recent Exhibits

Joey Kilrain participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 THE(UN)FAIR Art Show
THE(UN)FAIR
 
Sep, 2008 Men on Maps
Haven
 
Feb, 2010 La Poesie du Paysage
220 Atelier
 
Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Joey Kilrain has Exhibited at these venues:

THE(UN)FAIR Haven
curated with these artists
Joey Kilrain has curated with these artists:

Robert Aitchison Sybille Mathiaud
curated at these venues
Joey Kilrain has curated at these venues:

220 Atelier
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