Katy Kuhn is a gestural abstract painter, taking her cue from nature. Her work is at once personal and universal; like looking out a window and seeing life through her own point of view, but at the same time she is aware others will have their own unique response to her work. Katy is particularly influenced by the colors and energy of nature and the ever-changing environment. Line, color, shape, and movement all invoke feelings, daydreams, longings, and collective memories. In working abstractly the work is never fixed, but dynamic—one can see infinite relationships. As Katy explains:
My paintings are organic, yet honed: spontaneity and energy are just as important as deliberation, composition and application of materials. In working large, I realize the reach of my own physicality and fully immerse myself into each work of art. Look closely, and step back too. It is paint after all; but the fact that its application onto a single surface can reach the deepest part of our psyches is nothing short of a miracle and I long to be part of that transcendent experience.
For Katy, there is nothing more challenging or beautiful than a blank canvas: anything is possible, and yet nothing is certain. In her paintings, she abstracts landscapes, people and objects so that her compositions feel like something without actually being that something. Katy states, “I aim for a wider interpretation that allows for constant renewal in the viewer’s mind.”
Katy Kuhn is lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has lived most of her life. She has exhibited her work widely throughout California and her work has been featured in publications including the Dwell Magazine and California Home + Design Magazine. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art degree from University of California, Berkeley.