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Kirsten Valentine

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Artist Statement:
I am a painter obsessed with the human form, particularly the male form. Recently I was asked to come up with a pithy description of my artwork. I settled on: "I paint people - mostly people in their underpants." A more complex description would acknowledge that I work from found photographs and part of what drives the image is the fact that it was lost or discarded; it is a fragment of a narrative. My paintings are fragments, too. They are deliberately and glaringly unfinished. I create a detailed and complete image and with brushes, rags and knives proceed to distort, obscure, erase and manipulate the image in search of visual balance. Faces are smeared, limbs are only implied, messy brushwork and drips contrast realistic elements of academic portraiture. Even in the more ridiculous images - middle-aged men with their pants down or displaying proud, pink bellies - I try to imbue the subject with a dignity and humanity. I am deeply affectionate towards my subjects, despite, or, perhaps because of the fact that, they nameless strangers.

Selected Exhibitions:

2020

Kirsten Valentine, "Broken Play," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Kirsten Valentine, "Ranch Style House," Merwin & Wakeley Gallery, IL Wesleyan College, Bloomington, IL
Collide, group show, Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, IL
Four Women, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019 Open Call, Delphian Gallery, London, England, U.K.
7th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
Pizza in the Rain: Landscapes, group show, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL
Work@ Play: group show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
7th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2018 The Other Art Fair Chicago, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Tiny Acts Topple Empires, Woskob Family Gallery, State College, PA curator: Heather D. Bhandari
6th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL
Nasty Woman, Stan Mansion, Chicago, IL
2015

Un86d, Sportsman Club, Chicago, IL

2014

Sing The Body Electric, Saatchi Online, online exhibition

2011

Kirsten Valentine: Fight!, Solo Exhibition, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
Cultural Excavation, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

2010

200, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

 

Publications: 

2019

The Beautiful People, Interview with Kirsten Valentine, ProvkMag.com, 2019
Barzakh, Issue 11, May 11, 2019
Quarter Marks, Volume 6, August 2019

2018   Kirsten Valentine, Create Magazine, March 7, 2018, Issue VIII
Noble/Gas Quarterly, Issue 205.1, March 22, 2018
The Figure and Power Dynamics: Interview with Kirsten Valentine, Create Magazine, 3/7/18
Kirsten Valentine: Dark and Dreamy, Howl Magazine, April 3, 2018
 

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