Here are a few things about me....
My BIO can be found at the bottom of the page.
Gallery Representation: CINQ Gallery, Dallas, TX
Zenith Gallery, Miami FL
Last Exhibition: 2017 Worthy Of Our Desires, A Female Perspective, Solo Show at CINQ Gallery
Education: BFA Parsons School of Design, NYC, 1986
Continuing education through present
Where else you can find me: FaceBook: KatieO Studios, Instagram: katieostudios
© 2017 Katie O'Sullivan, A Feeling Within, Mixed media, 23kt gold leaf on Arches paper.
I live in: Santa Fe, NM
I have lived in: CA, FL, a private mega yacht traveling the world working as a dive instructor and deckhand, NY, and NJ
My favorite places I have traveled to: Serengeti, Tanzania; Sabi Sands, S. Africa; Amazon River, Brazil;
Alaska; and of course Italy.
© 2017 Katie O'Sullivan, She Kept Hope Alive In Her Heart, 20x24
Charitably Speaking: I donate 10% of my profit on each painting sold to one of my favorite charities
ARTsmart New Mexico: teaching art, literacy, and life skills to youths in northern New Mexico
Hesc - endangered species centre: focusing on conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals
Malala Fund: goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their
potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.
© 2017 Katie O'Sullivan, She Felt A Deep Respect For The Gardens Creator, 24x18
Conscientiously Speaking: things I am passionate about
Conservation - of our environment and wildlife
Community - supporting local business owners and volunteering
Giving Back - by giving to charitable causes
Education - because it can be so empowering
© 2017 Katie O'Sullivan, Quieting The Mind, 24x20
Personally Speaking: my local favorites
Geronimo Restaurant, on canyon rd
Seret and Sons: interior and architectural decor, the most amazing store ever
Nidah Spa, located inside Eldorado Hotel
Las Cosas Cooking School, with chef Johnny Vee
Teca Tu, pet store
Museum of International Folk Art Book Store
Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where I volunteer
Classically trained as a figurative painter, Santa Fe artist Katie O’Sullivan challenges the human form by breaking apart its physical attributes to reveal a raw, emotional being. By exposing her characters’ cherished imperfections and unprocessed experiences, O’Sullivan offers a dual perspective on the figure that blends its physical and emotional existence. The result is primal and provocative with separated body parts, piercing eyes, and elongated necks, yet alluring and enchanting with relatable sentiments and contemplative titles. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” says the artist of her emotionally challenging imagery.
O’Sullivan’s abstract style is a rebellious response to her classical and technical artistic training. Having always been drawn to the artistry of the human form, the New-Jersey born artist enrolled in every portrait-painting workshop or figure drawing class she could, even while majoring in graphic design at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Through her graphic studies, O’Sullivan developed strong foundational skills in technical illustration, however, her skillset soon became obsolete to the industry as graphic design entered a new phase with the development of the computer. Faced with a career shift, O’Sullivan took the opportunity to travel. She moved to Florida and worked on yachts as a deckhand and dive instructor for five years, during which she traveled to Alaska, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe teaching scuba diving and exploring new cultures. Following her travels, O’Sullivan lived in northern California and took annual trips to Santa Fe, eventually moving to the southwest in 2015. She had continued to paint throughout her life experiences but didn’t pursue it as a full-time profession until 2014. Now in Santa Fe, O’Sullivan’s painting career is reaching new heights as she immerses herself in her work surrounded by an artistically driven community.
O’Sullivan’s paintings are reflections of the artist’s travels, studies, personal experiences and visceral feelings, while also taking on a life of their own as emotionally charged figures push and pull their way onto the canvas. When paintings leave the studio, the dialogue between artist and canvas is complete, however, the narrative continues to evolve as viewers and collectors enter the conversation and breathe new life into the work.
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