Wednesday, December 30, 2009

5 x 5 Submission 2 - Kat Templeton

Kat Templeton, (formerly Kristine Kugler,) is a resident artist of Vancouver, Washington who has been practicing her unique and evocative painting style for over 15 years. She is a 2000 alumni graduate of the Vancouver school of arts and academics, a beloved wife of local musician Ryan Templeton and mother of their twin daughters, Amalie and Maiya Templeton. Kat is current in the pacific northwest art scene, showing new and large scale art monthly at the prestigious Gallery Zero located in Portland, Oregon. Her compositions cover a wide spectrum of genres that enable her to utilize her artistic versatility to the highest degree.
Kat’s first celebrated group exhibition headlined her as the youngest donor to participate in the South West Washington forward independent trusts’ (SWIFT) annual charity art auction at the age of 20.

“ I was stunned by Kuglers’ paintings.” Pam Cundy, executive director of SWIFT said. “She showed us her whole portfolio and it showed so much growth. She has put so much of her self into her work, you can just see the energy.” The Columbian Feb. 1st,2002.
During the time presiding after her first exhibition, Kat pursued a few other charity events as well as feature her work locally through out business establishments. Kat began to build her clientele, and took on private commissions through out her home town. In the summer of 2008, she became an artist member of Gallery Zero and was featured in a group show for the gallery opening in October of 2008. In July of 2009, Kat created a cooperative exhibition with underground local comic guru, Ben Perkins called “COMMUNICATE”. Both Kat and Ben created a spectacle that was made specifically for the gallery that was unlike any show seen there before.
Author PD McLaren of the Portland independent media center wrote, “Pushing boundaries and buttons once more, Gallery Zero offers us local artists Kat Templeton and Ben Perkins in a wild sideshow collaborative they describe as 'part dark fantasy, part rock opera, and all truth.' Dangerously detailed phantasmagoria and hellscaped portraits promise an event you won't find anywhere else. Who would dare?”
Kat then produced a video commentary of the COMMUNICATE show with gallery investor/owner Jim Lowery called “Articulate”. The commentary aired numerous times on public access television.
Kats’ description of her paintings are portrayed as a, “deep, cerebral scream, that invites the viewers of her work to explore her fluidic application of untamed, raw emotion.” In the month of August 2009, Kat Produced a painting for Gallery Zeros’ Red and Black show that caught the eye of local renowned gallery critic Richard Spears. Richard is a columnist for Portland Oregon's largest independent news and arts paper, the Willamette Week , who wrote a captivating review of Kat Templeton’s ravishingly old-school painting, Rebuke of the Council. Richard stated, “There’s unbridled neo-primitivist panache in this slashy, drippy depiction of a pagan rite. Fearsome half-naked women with horned masks cavort in a surrealistic orgy, poking their arms through holes in the others’ bodies in a celebration of madness and the unfettered id. It’s invigoratingly composed, fantastically imagined, and 100 percent committed to itself.”
Kat Templeton is a distinctive painter who defines herself boldly by looking to the masters of the past to inspire the recreation of her dreamscapes. She expresses through her highly saturated colour pallet, a direct influence of figurative, neo-classical and surrealistic inspired design.
“ Kat is so unique. There is no other artist like her. I love her enthusiasm. I’m very proud to showcase her art. The gallery shows Kat’s art very well indeed.” Randy Scott Young curator/owner of Gallery Zero.

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Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 1 - Alicedean

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Artist Bio: 
My work began moving toward total abstraction in 2008 from earlier projects of pop art such as pills, booze, and sushi. My beginning abstract works display splashes of bold colors and brush strokes.  This current series has been an exploration of monochromes. This individualized study of color has opened my view to the parade of simplicity. I have chosen the simple form of the rectangle/square as it seems to be ever present in all aspects of our lifestyle. We live in boxes, we work in boxes, we travel in boxes, we eat out of boxes. So many things in our lives come from the box. Each day we face the box of our laptop, computer and/or television. These current paintings also take on the form of DNA and computer pixels. The sense of visual bombardment and overabundance bring me to my current process of creating interesting, engaging, and beautiful works using minimal colors and shapes.I feel very fortunate to be an artist. The world is filled with images that provoke thought and of beauty. I am inspired by nature and find bold colors lift the spirit and give a childlike quality to our lives. I hope to create many works that involve the community in play.

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Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010

New Year's Eve Bash!

We hope you can join us for New Year's Eve. It will be a grand time with friendly faces, a chill atmosphere and delicious food and drink. We thank you for all of your support in 2009 and we wish you a wonderful 2010!