Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that abstract artist Kathy Blankley Roman has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.
Kathy was born and raised in Chicago, IL and is an award winning artist known for her expressive abstract paintings. All her life she has been making art of one kind or another. After high school, she relocated to Madison, WI to attend the University of Wisconsin, in a field only loosely related to art. With little formal training, she learned her craft mostly through workshops or classes at her local art centers. In her mid-years, she became proficient in calligraphy, which was shown in numerous juried exhibits and small group shows.
She taught it at Madison Area Technical College when she returned to school there to study commercial art. This led to work in the graphic design field, freelance illustration and a return to Chicago. After her retirement in 2010, she started painting her current abstract work when studying nonobjective expressive painting with arts educator and author Steven Aimone. Shortly after that, she added encaustic painting to her repertoire and more recently, she started painting with oil and cold wax medium.
Her expressive paintings have been shown in juried and small group shows nationally and online including numerous appearances in Light, Space & Time competitions. In 2014 she was chosen as a finalist in the 32nd Annual Competition of The Artist’s Magazine and was accepted into the highly competitive National Art Encounter 2015 at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL.
Kathy’s intuitive paintings are process driven and reflect her connection to the world around her. Using acrylics and various drawing media or beeswax, oil paint and pigment–adding, then taking away, painting over, scraping back–her paintings develop depth and a sense of history. She uses contrasting elements to create tension: warm colors vs. cool, texture vs. smooth and high energy marks supported by calm, muted colors. The process she uses of layering and scraping in her acrylic paintings translates easily to her encaustic work and to oil paint with cold wax medium.
Manipulation of a limited palette plus the use of contrasting textures defines her current work, creating the illusion of depth and motion, subtle yet full of energy, while evoking feelings of peace and calm. Kathy continues to explore and experiment with different media and ways of creating. Ultimately, it is all about the process and the physical act of creating: becoming the brush, responding to the surface, the visceral feeling of engaging it, the discovery, the evolution of the painting as it changes; and then finding the delicate balance between intuition and intention to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion.
Kathy maintains a studio and lives in Chicago. Her website is www.kbromanart.com
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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Kathy Blankley Roman will have a month long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Kathy Blankley Roman was born and raised in Chicago and she is an abstract painter. Kathy will be featured on the Light Space & Time website, in press releases and throughout the gallery’s social media networks. In addition, Kathy will be featured on our YouTube channel, in our event catalogue and on our event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. All 3 elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the art gallery choosing 4 artists to be featured in 4 individual 1 month solo art exhibitions.
Below is Kathy’s Artist’s Biography, her Artist’s Statement and 20 images of her art. We hope that you will take the time to read Kathy’s information and to take a look at her extraordinary abstract art.
Born and raised in Chicago, Kathy has been making art of one kind or another as far back as she can remember. Her preference for an earthy palette reflects a connection felt since her childhood introduction to the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux. She still carries with her that first sense of awe and wonder and references to it often appear in her work.
She learned her craft mostly through workshops and classes at local art centers. In her mid-years, she became proficient in calligraphy, which led to an interest in graphic design and a return to school for an AA degree in Commercial Art; subsequent work in the graphic design field and freelance illustration. Her art took an entirely new direction after her retirement in 2010 when she started painting her current abstract work after studying with arts educator and author, Steven Aimone.
Kathy’s expressive acrylic and encaustic paintings have energy, motion, and evoke feelings of peace, calm and a sense of depth. They have won awards and have been shown in juried and small group shows nationally and online, including, among others: The Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM (permanent collection); the Chicago Cultural Center, Jackson-Junge Gallery, Chicago and numerous appearances in Light, Space & Time competitions. In 2014 she was chosen as a finalist in the 32nd Annual Competition of The Artist’s Magazine and was accepted into the highly competitive National Art Encounter Competition 2015 at The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL. She maintains a studio and lives in Chicago, IL.
“My expressive paintings are process driven, a kind of meditation that allows me to tap into the deep places and my connection to the world around me. Words, rhythms, images, sounds – experiences that evoke a visceral response in me become the source, the reservoir that I draw from when I paint. Starting with random marks and responding to them intuitively, my paintings are built up in layers and go through many changes, like thoughts morphing and changing across the surface. Manipulation of a limited palette and contrasts are used to create tension: warm colors vs. cool, texture vs. smooth; calm, muted colors supporting marks of high energy and motion. These drive the process, and affect the underlying feeling of the piece. As a painting progresses, it may suggest something–a feeling, a place or memory. I may decide to try to develop that thought, though more often than not, the thread gets painted over and it becomes something entirely different. A painting is not complete until I sense in it a certain life or spirit. Ultimately, it is all about the process and the physical act of creating: becoming the brush, responding to the surface, the visceral feeling of engaging it, the discovery, and the evolution of the painting as it changes. It all becomes a dance, finding just the right balance between intention and intuition to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion.”
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