Kelly Reemtsen
American, born 1967
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Selected exhibitions
2018
David Klein Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO 2018,
David Klein Gallery
Spring Prints,
Page Bond Gallery
2017
Snap! presents: LIMITED EDITION,
Amstel Gallery

Kelly Reemtsen’s candy-colored paintings of women have dark undertones, exploring the paradoxical status of being female in a “post-feminist” contemporary society. Reemtsen’s iconic motif is a woman in a festive cocktail dress, sporting an object that is at odds with her leisurely costume, like carpentry equipment or power tools. Her other subjects have included women in mid-fall, or what Reemtsen describes as “falling out of love and/or falling short of expectations.” The characters in her paintings rarely reveal their heads or faces, which are either obscured or cropped out entirely. Recurring motifs in her works have included cotton candy—a reference to Wayne Thiebaud—iridescent bubbles, and gem-like pills, rendered with multi-colored contour lines.