Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Kelton.
Born in Bamberg, Germany after her parents escaped Czechoslovakia, Kate spent her early years in a VW bus traveling Europe with her artist mother. Settling in Toronto, Canada at age seven, she attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a Visual Arts Major and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film from Ryerson University. Kelton has had two successful solo shows at LA’s Gabba Gallery, and she has also shown her work at Art on Scene in Beverly Hills; La Luz de Jesus and Durden & Ray in Los Angeles; New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in the UK; Gallery 1988 in New York, Venice and West Hollywood; Galerie F in Chicago; Lawless Concept Gallery in Montreal; and The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why
and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m going to defer to the wonderful writer Micah Chaim Thomas here, because I believe he summed it up the absolute best with: “Apotheosis through reclaimed, reapplied Art Nouveau: Who says we aren’t gods? Like a DJ sampling the Detroit sound, mixing it into an updated groove, Kelton samples her own lineage, her DNA, and transforms a historical body of work, itself a thing of lasting beauty, into a message for today. Artists, armed in the garb of the ages, eyes open and taking in the new world, are new gods, measuring out their judgement and craft upon you, the viewer.
Granite is exchanged for graphite, plaster for paint. Ancient and distant godlike beings, surveying a dying empire, trade places with the fresh blood of the art world. The work presents a tactility against the digitized space, and represents a taking, an acquisition of power back from the tastemakers. Here, the mantle of the artist is above brand influencer, above internet commentator, above mere marketability. In their gaze is a warning, ‘Art is immortal. Come for me, why don’t you?'”
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
“Bad presidents make for great art.” But wouldn’t you rather life be easier for artists? Cities can always choose to use their wealth of infrastructure to ensure equal and fair representation in curation, in the hopes of staying the slide into outright fascism, all while emboldening the heroes of our daily life.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I don’t but my client Chuck D has an art show June 1-16 at Mr Musichead Gallery in LA! His next show of watercolors is called, “Artput,” a testimony to his unbelievably prodigious output. We have 45 new originals debuting at Mr Musichead Gallery in June 1st, and several limited edition prints to choose from as well.
Opening night reception: 7-10pm. June 1st, 2018.
RSVP on www.mrmusichead.com’s Event page
Address: 7420 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Saturday
Show will run from: June 1st – 16th
With ARTPUT, Chuck D cracks open his unique access to the worlds of Rock and Hip Hop again, this time with laser sharp detours into sport and social commentary as well. His off-the-cuff, courtroom sketch aesthetic belies an innate, distinctive, and prodigious compositional sensibility. Chuck pours forth a here-to-fore undocumented aspect of pop culture history: the point of view of one who has lived it.
Much of the work was completed while on tour, most recently in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea, with Prophets of Rage, and members of Public Enemy. Each piece is thereby imbued with an incomparable vitality, having in some instances been created while ON stage, as well as the unparalleled provenance of an instant entertainment artifact.
See more of his work at: www.mrchuckd.carbonmade.com
See my work at CARBONMADE ~ https://katekelton.carbonmade.
Support me at PATREON ~ www.patreon.com/katekelton
Buy prints at: SAATCHI ~ www.saatchiart.com/katekelton
Buy cell covers at: SOCIETY6 ~ www.society6.com/katekeltonart
Buy art books at: BLURB ~ http://www.blurb.com/user/
Buy originals at: BIG CARTEL ~ http://katekelton.bigcartel.
Buy photos at: 500px ~ https://500px.com/katekelton
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“Devica” Acrylics on Wood, 12x9x1.75″
“Tweeling” Acrylics on Mirror, 54x18x1″
“Sabine” Acrylics on Wood, 6x6x1″
“Ozabu” Acrylics on Wood, 23.5×15.5×1.75″