Kathryn Neale

Kathryn Neale has been a professional artist for over a decade and lives and works in St. Louis with her husband and three-year old son. She holds a BA (Studio Art, Graphic Design) from Principia College in Elsah, IL, a MA (Painting and Drawing) from Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL) and an MFA in Visual Art (Painting) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was awarded the Louis Roblee McCarthy Scholarship, the Helen Faibish Memorial Scholarship Award for Graduate Sponsorship and the Belle Cramer Graduate Art Award at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her artwork has been exhibited at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), Des Lee Gallery (St. Louis), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis), the Lemp Brewery (St. Louis, MO), Townsend Wolfe Gallery (AK), Chesterfield Arts Center (Chesterfield, MO), University Art Gallery at Eastern Michigan Universty (Ypsilanti, MI), Miami University (Miami, OH), Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA), Parks Edge Exhibition Center (Idyllwild, CA), Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN) and the Tarble Arts Center (Charleston, IL).

Neale has pieces in the permanent collections of the Indiana State University, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Clayton, MO), The Eilan Hotel (San Antonio, TX), The Four Seasons Hotel (Boston, MA), and private collections. 

Ms. Neale attended the prestigious Painting’s Edge Residency led by Roland Reiss (Idywild, CA) as well as was an advanced level intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Maryville University (St. Louis, MO), teaching both a Design 101 and Illustration classes.

Her latest work can be seen at the Des Peres Hospital St. Louis Artists’ Showcase for the summer of 2016. Her work has also been selected in the following publications, Manifest 6th International Painting Annual, Studio Visit Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and New American Paintings annual publication.

I’m a painter who primarily works in acrylics but also experiments in multi-media, collage and chalk paints on a variety of surfaces. My visual inspiration is sourced from the interior design and home decorating industries, specifically traditional floral wallpaper and textile patterns from the UK/Europe. Color is also another important aspect of my work, primarily drawing from pre-mixed palette swatches from hardware stores.

I’m interested in blurring the boundaries between the contemporary and decorative art worlds, re-contextualizing decorative motifs such as patterns or methods of DIY techniques in a modern painting framework.

A majority of my visual inspiration is borrowed directly from interior decoration, weather it be floral patterns, stencils, paint color derived from swatches or techniques used for painting furniture, etc. 

An example of this is using stenciled pattern rubber rollers, that originally are used to paint a wallpaper design on the wall, is used as a mark-making technique. Or re-drawing damasked patterns by hand and breaking them apart from their inherent structure into a more abstract graphic. My background in graphic design has always been an influence in the “push and pull” between structured design elements and expressionistic mark-making.



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