Beyond the Paint
Beyond the Paint is Kathleen Shaver’s first solo exhibition in NYC, featuring recent oil paintings and sculptures. Her large canvases are characterized by a thick build-up of pigment and richly textured surfaces. Ambiguous shapes, scratched markings and repeated patterns record a kind of primal searching as well as her love of paint. Written language or a code of communication seem possible in the random markings. Recognizable forms suggest themselves in mysterious or playful ways.
Shaver’s small-scale sculptures in plaster and papier–mâché are similarly primal in character. Talisman-like, they suggest symbols and rituals. The form of the human body, its flesh, and the textures of the earth—stone, wood, and soil—are a unifying theme.
About the Artist
Kathleen Shaver is an abstract painter who studied at Moore College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Her work has been included in a major survey of contemporary Philadelphia artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in exhibits at PAFA, Woodmere Art Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Moore.
In addition to the Rodger LaPelle Galleries and 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, Shaver has exhibited in galleries located in Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Texas. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections.
Kathleen Shaver will also be exhibiting oil paintings on paper at the Burrison Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania from August 22 – September 26, 2019. Shaver is a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 2011, she completed a permanent installation of 27 paintings, The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to celebrate 125 years of nursing at Penn.
She currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley area of New York.