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, and the tenacity of the human spirit.
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.
Kathryn Hart is an international award-winning artist who frequently exhibits in New York City, Europe, and Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibition venues include the School of Visual Arts (NYC), Kotlownia Galeria, Politeknika Krakokowska (Krakow), Howland Cultural Center (NY), Galerie SD Szucha 8 (Warsaw), Andre Zarre Gallery, (NYC) and ArtHaus (Denver). Curated group exhibitions include the Ateneo de Madrid Cultural Inst., Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), Oceanside Museum of Art (CA), So. Nevada Museum of Fine Arts (Las Vegas), Myslenice Cultural Center (Poland), and Cultural Center Antigua Hospital St. Marc (Gandia, Spain). Her work has been recognized by curators such as Christiane Paul, The Whitney Museum; Anna Katz, Asst. Curator, MOCA, LA; Harriet Taub, Exec. Dir. of Materials for the Arts, NYC; Chelsea Guerdat, former Dir. Bass Museum of Art; and Robert Pincus, contributor to ArtNews and Art In America, and the former art critic for the LA Times.
Hart’s artwork is in the public collections of the Ministries of Art and Culture of France and Poland, So. Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Myslenice Art and Cultural Center, and the Brooklyn Art Library. Her work is archived in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Miriam Shapiro Archives on Women Artists (Rutgers U.). She has received scholarships from the Council of Europe (2016), the Ministries of Art and Culture of France and Poland (2015, 2014), and the US Embassies (2015). Select awards include the United Nations Harmony for Peace Award (2010); Best of Show, Colorado History Museum (2010), and Best of Mixed Media, Artslant (2014-2018). She has been the subject of articles by Ed McCormack, Editor-in-Chief, Gallery&Studio; Byron Coleman, NY Times former art critic; Maurice Taplinger, NYC art critic; and Genie Davis, co-founder Diversions LA. A film about Hart aired on public TV in 2017 (Denver Creates, S1 E2).
Kathryn Hart holds a B.A., Boston U.; an MBA, U. of Texas at Arlington; and has extended studies in art from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and the City of London Polytechnic. Hart lives in Colorado.
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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.