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Katy Horan
updated: 05/31/2012
website: www.katyart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Spinster #3
Spectre
Spinster #1
Spinster #2
Keepsakes
untitled
untitled
untitled
Grandmother
Grandmother (detail)
Seer
Singer
Handmaidens (detail)
Familiar
Up & Down
 
Portfolio Keywords:  feminist, obsessive, figurative, fantasy, illustration, meditative, narrative, portraiture, surreal, historical
 
 
Spinster #3 by Katy Horan
Spinster #3
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2011
20" x  20" 
Spectre by Katy Horan
Spectre
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2011
20 " x  15 " 
Spinster #1 by Katy Horan
Spinster #1
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2011
10" x  8" 
Spinster #2 by Katy Horan
Spinster #2
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2011
10" x  8" 
Keepsakes by Katy Horan
Keepsakes
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2011
7" x  5" 
untitled by Katy Horan
untitled
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2012
7" x  5" 
untitled by Katy Horan
untitled
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2012
7" x  5" 
untitled by Katy Horan
untitled
tissue paper, gouache and pencil on paper
2012
7" x  5" 
Grandmother by Katy Horan
Grandmother
gouache on paper
2009
40" x  25.5" 
Grandmother (detail) by Katy Horan
Grandmother (detail)
gouache on paper
2009
40" x  25.5" 
Seer by Katy Horan
Seer
gouache on paper
2009
19.5" x  15.5" 
Singer by Katy Horan
Singer
gouache on paper
2009
19.5" x  15.5" 
Handmaidens (detail) by Katy Horan
Handmaidens (detail)
gouache on paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Familiar by Katy Horan
Familiar
gouache on paper
2009
10" x  8" 
Up & Down by Katy Horan
Up & Down
gouache on paper
2009
7" x  10" 

Artist Statement

My work examines female roles and representation found throughout history, art and mythology. I pull from a variety of sources, using mixed references and visual fragments to build new variations of familiar figures. My hope is that the image will be at once identifiable and ambiguous, inviting the viewer’s own imagination and past experiences to inform their interpretation.

Research plays a large role in my work. I derive visual reference and ideas from film, literature, the internet and countless other sources. I then filter and combine fragments of imagery and information absorbed from this research through an intuitive process. This allows me to explore subject matter and interests that range from Victorian spinsterhood to Renaissance portraiture to the archetypal witch figure. I also work to incorporate imagery from the books and movies that affected me as a child. By working organically, and moving between repetitive detail and loose experimentation, I am able to bring these varied sources together as singular characters.

Form, detail and gesture are also important aspects of my work. Solitary figures allow more focus on their interior structure and detail, which I intend to hold as much interest as the character itself. Historical costume has long interested me, and I use these inner details to reference varied eras of dress and decoration. Similarly, I use my character’s postures and gesture to explore those found in art history and illustration. While external research informs each piece’s narrative and concept, emphasis on form, detail and gesture inform it’s execution.

Artist Bio / CV
Born 1980, Houston, TX
Lives and works in Austin, TX

Education
2003
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Illustration

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2011
Bloom & Gloom: Katy Horan and Alexis Mackenzie, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, Ca

2010
Lady Monsters, Domy Books, Austin, TX
2008
In the Deep Dark, Gallery Anno Domini, San Jose,CA
2006
Folkadelic, Paperboat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011
The Texas Biennial: and independent survey of contemporary Texas art, Austin, Tx

2010
Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christie, TX
The Dazzle, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada
Hand Over Fist, VASF, San Francisco, CA

2009
Winter Group Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco,CA
Little Crowns, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada
The Monster Show, Domy Books, Austin, TX
New Brow, Shooting Gallery (temporary space), Austin, TX
Fata Morgana: the new female fantasists, Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008
The Little Paper Planes Group Show, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group Sects, Giant Robot Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Kaleidoscope, Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Tides of March, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY

2007
All Star Hustlaz III, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The New Witch, Paper Boat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Look Behind you, Giant Robot New York, New York, NY

Residencies/Awards
2011
Texas Biennial, Selected Artist
2010
K Space Contemporary, Selected Artist, Third Coast National
New American Paintings, Western Competition Winner
Arthouse at the Jones Center, Selected Artist, Studio Visit Program
2009
The Vermont Studio Center, Full Month Painting Residency, June
Rolf Contemporary Gallery, Artist Rep Services Grant

Publications
2011
Drawn In, Quarry Books
2010
New American Paintings #90
The Exquisite Book, Chronicle Books
2009
Le Monde Diplomatique, German edition, Sept
2008
King Brown Magazine, Australia, March
Juxtapoz Magazine, March
2006
Beasts!, Fantagraphics Books