Kathryn Hart’s art reflects the human condition — all of its crags, crevices, revelations and secrets — and her belief in an endless ability to rise from the ashes. Hart’s mixed media, multi-disciplinary works are rooted in personal history and plumb the depths of both an inner darkness and an inner light. In essence, her constructions are chiefly concerned with life, death, and hope.
After a career in medical market research for organ and tissue transplantation, Hart's drive to communicate beyond words retook the front seat. Her creations bridge the genres of sculpture, painting and assemblage.
An internationally award-winning artist, Kathryn Hart has established a continued presence in New York City and Europe. Her artwork has been the subject of numerous museum, solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Ministry of Culture of France, the Ministry of Culture of Poland, the City of Ostrow (Poland), the Myslenice Cultural Center and Museum (Poland), and the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts.
Recent appearances span NY (NYC, Beacon, SUNY Orange), Madrid, Poland (Warsaw, Ostrow, Goluchow, Myslenice), Los Angeles, France (Paris, Aix-en-Provence), Copenhagen, Zurich, and Italy (Florence, Ferrara and Bologna). Select museum exhibitions include: the Ateneo de Madrid (Madrid), Goluchow Castle (Poland), Forum Synagoga (Poland), Myslenice Cultural Center and Museum (Poland), Oceanside Museum of Art (CA), Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), Colorado College Museum of Art (I.D.E.A. Space), the Mitchell Museum (Maryland), the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art (Las Vegas), Museo de Castello de Estense (Italy), and the Colorado History Museum. Hart is the recipient of many international prizes and scholarships, such as the Council of Europe Scholarship (2016), the T.I.N.A. International Prize, 2016 (Sao Paolo, Brazil), the Ministries of Culture of France and Poland Scholarship (2015 and 2014), United Nations Harmony for Peace award (NYC, 2010). ArtSlant (NYC) has honored her as "Showcase Winner" twenty times since 2011. Hart is an invited juror by the United Nations and her work is archived in the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC) and the Miriam Shapiro Archives on Women Artists (Rutgers U.). She is an elected member of the LA Artists Association (click here). A film about Kathryn Hart was aired on public television in January 2017 within the "DenverCreates" series (S1, E2). Her work is in public and private collections worldwide.
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...Hart possesses an apparently unshakable sense of purpose and certainty about her creative vocation...a unique personal style, which imparts a relief-like sculptural dimension to the art of painting, even while preserving the sanctity of the two dimensional picture plane so central to modernist aesthetics.
There is no room for illusion in Hart's paintings, which excavate a deep mystery from the actual physically palpable substance of pigment...a sense of a submerged narrative that lends Hart's work much of its mystery, depth, and poetry."
Ed McCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine; June 2012; NY, NY
Kathryn Hart rediscovered her passion for art after she was well entrenched in another career. "I was always artsy as a young child, but being the youngest in a predominantly scientific family, that spark got overwhelmed. Creativity and imagination wasn't valued much in my family...only what you could prove.
As a market researcher for major medical companies, my job was to uncover the unseen need, find the niche not-yet-discovered and focus on the gap, not what actually existed. I am fascinated with human mind and body...all that lies beneath the surface unseen, the unexplainable and the infinite human psyche. But after fifteen years, the thought of climbing another corporate rung left me hollow. Creatively frustrated, I took a drawing class and all of my inherent desire to 'make' came bubbling back to the surface with a vengance. I dove in unfettered, studying with artists I admired and catching up on the art education I never got. My life had always involved art but now I was the one creating it. I came back to what I had always been."
Hart currently works in Colorado and lives with her husband, Dennis, and their 4 cats -- Oliver, Masai, Rishi and Picasso.