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Katherine Kean
Katherine Kean is drawn to nature and natural phenomena as well as many other elements found in the real world and in its culture as symbols. These symbols generate a reaction and are used as a means of suggesting a world which seems to exist out of, or beyond time.

Her work seeks to confront the outer shell of material, both the material of the object portrayed and that of the painting medium employed, to reach a world of spirit through the surface; by way of exploring the surfaces spontaneity and its expressive intensity.

Although many of the elements employed are representational, they are not required to provide an interpretation or to comment upon the world of everyday experience, but are instead placed in a new relationship to the viewer to produce a separate, different, and self sufficient reality. Whether they are realistically portrayed or abstracted, they may contain memories, dreams and visions.

Selected Exhibitions:

1999 "Synergy", 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

1999 "Luminous Secrets", Encino, CA

1998 The Gossip Studio, Los Angeles, CA., solo exhibition

1998 Schoff & Baxter, Century City, CA., solo exhibition

1997 "Innerworks", Available Light Ltd., Burbank, CA

1996 The Rose CafÈ, Venice CA.

"Summer Celebration", Mitchell & Matlin Gallery, Venice, CA

"The Art of Brunch", Los Angeles Airport Hilton, Los Angeles, CA

"A Land Apart", solo exhibition, Film Roman Gallery, North Hollywood, CA

"Soulscapes", Gallery IV, Los Angeles, CA

1993 Mad River Post Fall '93 Group Show, Santa Monica, CA

"Exhibit A", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

"A Shift of Season", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

1992 "The Fugitive Land", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

"Espirit Au Natural", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

"Walking Mountains", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

1991 "Christmas Cheer Exhibit", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA

Guest Artist, "Plein Air Artists", Malibu Pier, Malibu, CA.

"Summit Valley", Blaisdell Atelier, Topanga, CA


Schoff & Baxter, Century City, CA
Film Roman, North Hollywood, CA.
Mr. Harry Baxter, Malibu, CA.
Ms. Victoria Branch, Encino, CA.
Ms. Phyllis Craig, Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Maria Entis, Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Miriam More, Venice, CA.
Ms. January Nordman, Altadena, CA.
Ms. Jeanine Reiser, San Francisco, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rembert, Studio City, CA.
Mr. Phil Roman, Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Nina Salerno, Pasadena, CA.
Mr. John Van Vliet, Tujunga, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Van Vliet, Damascus, Maryland
Mr. John Vein, Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Otella Wruck, Santa Monica, CA

Related Experience:

Visual Effects Animation and Design for motion pictures and television, projects include:
"The Day After"
"The Fly"
"Chances Are"
"The Little Match Girl"
"Amazing Stories"

Selected Reviews:

Los Angeles Times, July 31, 1994, "Drawing on a Special Effects Skill"
Cinefex, November 1990, "Ghost Stories"


Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Effects for "The Day After", 1983.
Boston Globe Portfolio Award, Boston, Massachusetts, 1974.


1978 B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design


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