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Kelsey Shwetz

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20150306194851-04kelseyshwetz_morning_devotion
Morning (Devotion), 2013 Oil On Canvas 48"X52" © @KelseyShwetz
20150306192947-02kelseyshwetz_the_opal_ring
The Opal Ring, 2015 Oil On Canvas 30"X40" © @KelseyShwetz
20150306193554-satisfaction_latest
Satisfaction, 2014 Oil On Canvas 58"X58" © @KelseyShwetz
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20150306193744-the_ideal
20150306193953-kelsey_shwetz_self_portrait_ii_35x35in_oil_on_canvas_2013
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20150306194054-shwetz_kelsey_the_recline
20150401011752-concentration
Concentration, 2015 Oil On Canvas 18"X24" © Kelsey Shwetz
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20150306194231-the_lovers_30_x42__oil_on_canvas_2013
20150306194035-splendeurs_et_miseres
20150306194419-lara_with_book_30_x40__oil_on_canvas_2013
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Canada
Birth year
1986
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Works in
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Schools
University of Manitoba, 2009, BA (Honors)
Statement

I make large-scale figurative work that's informed by a classical painterly aesthetic. My work is about the experience of sexuality, the female gaze, gender, pleasure and beauty, and biological processes unique to the female body. I recognize painting as a medium that historically has been used to reinforce communal values and illustrate the Ideal. With this in mind I view painting as a means of social change. By portraying these under-represented concepts within a conventional aesthetic framework I attempt to enter them into public dialogue, and ultimately to de-stigmatize, exalt, and canonize them. I have connections of varying degrees with all of my models. Lovers, studio mates, fellow painters, close friends, and acquaintances appear in my work. As each sitting blooms, the complex and often hazy relationship between artist and model emerges. A subtle give and take is established; each model has volition and our relationship is transmitted to the finished painting.   

Kelsey Shwetz (b.1986) is a Canadian-born painter, co-founder of Studio 200 gallery in Chelsea, member of the NYC-based painting collective BLONDE, and Exhibitions Director of Bushwick Art Crit Group in Brooklyn. Shwetz has recently exhibited at Galerie Burkhard Eickelmann in Dusseldorf, Germany; Art.Fair in Cologne, Germany; Select Fair at Art Basel Miami and Frieze Week NYC; Metropolitan Plaza, Gallery Sensei, and GalleryBar in NYC, USA; Steuben South Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, and C.C.C.P. Gallery in Brooklyn, USA; The Kinsey Institute in Indiana, USA; 114 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, France; Galerie Bambu in Jaco, Costa Rica; the Belgo Building and Studio 10King in Montreal, Canada; and INDEXG in Toronto, Canada. Shwetz was awarded support stipends at Starry Night Residency (USA), Can Serrat Residency (Spain), and Anant Residency (India). Her work has been featured in Lip Magazine (Australia); Tjen Folket (Norway); the Globe and Mail and Sustenance (Canada), and Whitehot Magazine, Posture Magazine, Flavorwire, and the New York Manhattan Examiner (USA). Shwetz received a BA Honours in Psychology and Painting from the University of Manitoba in 2009. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

 

 

 

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