Kathleen Kolb: Houses

West Branch Gallery
Apr 24, 2015 7:59PM

Vermont houses are a recurring subject of Kathleen Kolb’s paintings. West Branch Gallery's exhibition "Kathleen Kolb: Houses" examines the influence of American Luminism in her work and how the artist uses paintings of houses to illustrate how Vermonters live.

The American writer Robert Pirsig observed, “We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people’s lives.” While this is an apt description of how Kolb’s paintings of houses start, it is not necessarily where they end up. Kolb’s paintings of houses transcend the perfunctory nature of landscape painting and become a commentary on how Vermonters live. They offer the viewer an opportunity to share her experience and develop an understanding of the community in which she lives.

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“My work is driven by two forces: a deep attachment to place and a passion for the visual effect of light on our everyday surroundings. I consider the power and beauty of weather, geography and human endeavor,” said Kolb. “For me painting is immersing myself in the sensation of light amongst all these elements, with all it implies about both the present moment and the passage of time, and working to hold that emotional reality with paint.”

Kathleen Kolb has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Between 1989 and 2007, she had several residencies at the Vermont Studio Center; and, in 2015, became a fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. She has exhibited extensively in group and solo shows since 1982, mainly in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Kolb has been recognized for her work with four Arts Endowment Grants from the Vermont Community Foundation (1994, 1995, 1999, 2008); three grants from the Vermont Arts Council (1986, 1995, 2000); a grant from Lyman Orton and the Vermont Arts Council for the “Art of Action” project in 2009-2010; and grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (1998) and the Haymarket People’s Fund (1995). Her painting Twilit House (2013) was the winner of the 44th Annual Juried Members Exhibition Viewers’ Choice Award at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Kolb’s paintings are held in the collections of the State of Vermont, the U.S. Department of State, Middlebury College, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Country Store, and the Otis Elevator Company, among others. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kathleen Kolb lives and works in Lincoln, Vermont.

"Kathleen Kolb: Houses" is on view at West Branch Gallery Apr. 22nd - Jun. 22nd. 

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