Katy Kuhn

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"Can You See by the Lovely Light of Day?", 2010 Mixed Media/Acrylic On Canvas 48" X 60" © Katy Kuhn
Quick Facts

I work... create... struggle... evolve.

My art isn’t about reproducing what I see in the world, but rather bringing spontaneity, energy and authenticity to each painting; for that work to have a life of its own.

I am a fourth generation Californian and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of my life. Although I am not a “landscape” painter, I am heavily drawn to the rugged and colorful landscapes I have grown up with. My work often reflects water, rocks, earth, and movement. Early on I was fascinated by the compositions of Alexander Nepote (having had an original hanging in our family home for as long as I remember), and have always been completely stimulated by the raw and exploratory work of Robert Motherwell as well as Spanish painter Antoni Clavé.


I have been blessed to explore creativity throughout my lifetime. In addition to studying the formal aspects of art at University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley, I have also studied printmaking (with an emphasis on monotype) with noted printmakers Ron Pokrasso, Jonde Northcut and Nick Capacci. The printmaking process informs my painting: I use many of the same techniques (additive/subtractive, multiple “drops,” stencil and collage) to enhance the richness of the work.


I see the world in complex and ambiguous terms and try to capture that in my work through texture, mark-making, and vague references to things concrete and/or experiential. The sum of each piece should be greater than its total parts. Although creating a piece of work is often an arduous journey—
not knowing the destination—the beauty and success of a work largely resides in those traces of that journey. My work is about synergy, raw expression and discovery. It is about reaching and working it a little further. Hopefully it is about seeing things differently each time you look.

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