If Art Nouveau and Abstract Expressionism collided on the highway, and you drew a chalk outline of the body? That might sum up Kate Kelton’s work.
Her unique approach and eclectic style are directly influenced by her vagabond beginnings. Born in Bamberg, Germany after her parents escaped Czechoslovakia, Kate spent her early years in a VW bus traveling Europe with her artist mother. Settling in Toronto at seven, she attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts as an Visual Arts Major, and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film from Ryerson University. Her adopted father was an architect. His grandfather and namesake was Czech starchitect, Josef Fanta.
Now in Los Angeles, Kate has appeared in Stephen King’s Syfy show “Haven”; the cult classic “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle,” and as the lead in IFC’s “Bullet In The Face,” opposite Eric Roberts and Eddie Izzard. She’s a contributing author to “Making It in High Heels: Inspiring Stories by Women for Women of All Ages.” Artist Jason Shawn Alexander asked her to pose as the lead role of Corrine for his comic book series, “Empty Zone.” Eric Clapton’s music video for “Can’t Let You Do It,” features Kate painting, while surrounded by her paintings.
Kate’s been exhibiting internationally since 1994: including her first hit solo show at Gabba Gallery in 2017, among other group shows at La Luz de Jesus in LA; Gallery 1988 in New York, Venice and West Hollywood; Galerie F in Chicago; Lawless Concept Gallery in Montreal; and The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
Ryerson Polytechnic University, Film Major, B.A.A. Cum Laude.
Etobicoke School Of The Arts, Visual Arts Major, Summa Cum Laude.
• upcoming: Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s TBA Solo Show, 2018.
• upcoming: Beverly Hills: Art on Scene's Holiday Group Show 2017
• upcoming: Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s “Cratedigger” Group Show, 2017.
• upcoming: Beverly Hills: Art on Scene's Group Show 2017
• upcoming: Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s “WISHLIST 5 & 5.5” Group Show, 2017. • upcoming: Los Angeles: Durden & Ray's "Book Club: Going Native" Group Show, 2017
Los Angeles: La Luz de Jesus' "COASTER SHOW 2017" Group Show, 2017.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s “Joe's Train Station” Solo Show, 2017.
Los Angeles: Giant Robot Presents: "POST IT SHOW" Group Show, 2016.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s “WISHLIST 4 & 4.5” Group Show, 2016.
Los Angeles: La Luz de Jesus' "COASTER SHOW 2016" Group Show, 2016.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery’s “Cratedigger: The Lost Art of Album Cover Art” Group Show, 2016. Chicago: Galerie F's "Cities" Group Show, 2016. Los Angeles: La Luz de Jesus' "LALUZAPALOOZA" Group Show, 2016.
Los Angeles: Vakseen's "Vanity Pop" Group Show, 2016.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery's "WISHLIST 3" Group Show, 2015.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery's "Wood, Metal, Screw 2" Group Show, 2015. Hawthorne: Phantom Galleries LA's "Art Fusion 15" Group Show, 2015.
Los Angeles: The Gabba Gallery's "Zodiac In Retrograde" Group Show, 2015.
Los Angeles: Gallery 1988’s "Is This Thing On? 2” Group Show, 2012.
Venice: Gallery 1988’s "Suspense & Gallows Humor, A Tribute To Hitchcock” Group Show 2012. NYC: Gallery 1988's "Crazy 4 Cult" Pop-up Group Show, 2012.
Sacramento: Brick House Gallery's "A Curious Band Of Artists" Group Show, 2010. Toronto: Bodega House Gallery's "Exported Produce" Group Show, 2010.
Los Angeles: Pharmaka Art's "Small Wonders" Group Show for ArtwalkLA, 2006. Toronto: In Studio "Little Pieces" Solo Show, 2001.
Toronto: Queen Mother Cafe Solo Show, 2000.
Toronto: Triple XXX Diner Solo Show, 2000.
Toronto: Hummingbird Centre's National Ballet of Canada Group Show, 1999. Montreal: Lawless Concept Gallery Opening Gala Group Show, 1998. Toronto: Ryerson's Annual "Contact” Group Shows, 1996-8.
Toronto: Etobicoke School Of The Arts Year End Group Shows, 1994.
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