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Kelly Reemtsen

United States 1967


Kelly Reemtsen
Kelly Reemtsen
United States
October 18, 2015

Kelly Reemtsen is an American visual artist, whose paintings, sculptures and drawings are mainly focused on themes such as the role of the modern day woman. Kelly Reemtsen was born in Flint, Michigan in 1967. The artist studied Fashion Design and Painting at Central Michigan University and California State University Long Beach. She was most recently an Artist in Residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio in Italy.

Kelly Reemtsen’s Art

Left Kelly Reemtsen - Not Every Pill is Bitter, 2012, Right Kelly Reemtsen - Xanax Rainbow, 2012
Left: Kelly Reemtsen – Not Every Pill is Bitter, 2012 / Right: Kelly Reemtsen – Xanax Rainbow, 2012

Pieces exhibited at her Smashing solo show carry a recognizable, recurring motifs – delicately dressed women, in a festive cocktail vintage designer dresses, yielding tools and household equipment that is at odds with her leisurely costume, like carpentry equipment or power tools. The objects that they hold, intended for often traditionally masculine tasks – from wrenches, sledgehammers, and axes to chainsaws – impose the question of society role of the contemporary woman. By not displaying a woman’s face, these anonymous torsos remain beautiful representations of the female with which anyone can identify. Frequent motifs in her works have included cotton candy – a reference to a painter Wayne Thiebaud, as well as iridescent bubbles, and gem-like pills, depicted with multi-colored contour lines.

Smashing Solo Exhibition

Left Kelly Reemtsen - I Pick You, 2015, Right Kelly Reemtsen - Labor Force, 2015
Left: Kelly Reemtsen – I Pick You, 2015 / Right: Kelly Reemtsen – Labor Force, 2015

Kelly Reemtsen’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and is part of the Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, Bon Appetite in San Francisco, and AT&T corporate collections. Her art has been featured in many group and solo shows, including her 2013 America’s Sweetheart and 2015 Smashing solo exhibitions, both held at De Buck Gallery in New York. In addition to her paintings, Reemtsen’s book titled I’m Falling, published in 2013, was the recipient of The Independent Spirit Award at the 2014 Independent Publisher Books Award.

Kelly Reemtsen currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

All images courtesy of De Buck Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015SmashingDe Buck Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Equal OpportunityDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
2013America’s SweetheartDe Buck Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Paper and ChalkSkidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CASolo
2012It’s All Up to YouAdler & Company, San FranciscoSolo
2011CleanSkidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CASolo
2011New PaintingsDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
2011CircaSkidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CASolo
2010It’s My PartyAdler & Company, San FranciscoSolo
2010I’m Not Falling For YouSkidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CASolo
2009Recent PaintingsCaldwell Snyder, San FranciscoSolo
2009Striving for PerfectionDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
2009Recent PaintingsCampton Gallery, NYSolo
2009PaintingsSkidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Personal TerritoryDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MIGroup
2009Contemporary MastersPasadena Museum of History, CAGroup
2008Summer SelectDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MIGroup
2007Recent PaintingsCaldwell Snyder, San FranciscoSolo
2007FreshDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MIGroup
2006Process & Palettede Soto, Los AngelesSolo
2006Object LessonsUniversity Art Gallery, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CASolo
2006Four PrintmakersCantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, PAGroup
2006Best in Showde Soto, Los AngelesGroup
2005Good Livingde Soto, Los AngelesSolo
2005All Through the HouseMetro Gallery, Pasadena, CASolo
2005Time LineONE Gallery, Palm Springs, CASolo
2004Gallery ArtistONE Gallery, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2004Chromatic AberrationsANDLAB, Los AngelesGroup
2004FreestylePDC Project Space, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2004Body CandyI-5 Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2004Paint: PrintI-5 Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2003LifestyleGallery 825, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003Three Decades of DesignRisk Art Press, West Hollywood, CASolo
2002DressMetro Gallery, Pasadena, CASolo
2002Pret a PorterThe Advocate Gallery, Hollywood, CAGroup
1999Recent WorksUniversity of California, Irvine, CAGroup
1998Fruit Crate SeriesSequerios Koll Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1998Appetite for ArtLos Angeles County Museum of Art, CAGroup
1997PaintingsThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CAGroup
1997Out of the KitchenParagone Gallery, West Hollywood, CAGroup