Kate Renee is an acrylic painter who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She paints edgy works with a cute veneer on wood panel. Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Art, Art History, and an academic minor in Design. She has worked with various galleries in the Twin Cities including the Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM), Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Larson Art Gallery, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, American Swedish Institute and Minnesota State Arts Board (MNSAB).
Kate finished up her Assistant Gallery Director internship at Altered Esthetics, a non-profit art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, where she had the chance to curate an exhibition and write grants for the organization. In January of 2011, she became the first Director of Solo Exhibitions. Kate developed a program designed to offer emerging artists career development guidance and a solo exhibition. Since this opportunity in non-profit program development, Kate has continued to serve emerging artists through her consultation services.
Kate's additional professional accomplishments include being a resident artist at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL in 2011. Kate was also accepted into the Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) Mentor Program in 2013. She worked alongside artist, mentor and life coach, Jill Waterhouse, for two years to build upon her professional arts career.
Kate is building a national reputation with exhibitions throughout the United States. She received honorable mention at the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial at the Duluth Art Institute and was Featured Artist for the Altered Esthetics' Level_13: Cheat Codes exhibition. She was A-listed in City Pages for her exhibition at Gamut Gallery, Imaginarium, with local Minnesotan artist Brett Early. In January 2013, Kate was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and completed her Beauties Behaving Badly series and implemented a solo exhibition at Gamut Gallery. She had a nearly sell out show with this exhibit.
Kate will be returning for her second solo exhibition with Gamut Gallery in fall 2016 to debut her new three dimensional painting technique in her exhibition, The Seven Sins.
I capture complexities of human nature through simplified lowbrow characters. Through anthropomorphic objects, food, animals, and figures, I invite my viewers into the piece through childlike sophistication. Sarcastic and conversational titles ask questions and make bold statements that illuminate the narratives and personalities to my flat, texture-less characters. My work is edgy with a cute veneer; the paintings teeter towards uncomfortable content with a pop surrealist visage. With a distinctive bright color palate, stylistic lines, and the big eyes and blank stares of my characters, I investigate color theory, character development, gender representation and symbolism. I create relationships, dialogue, and playful complements and contrasts, and add touches of humor in my art. I am drawn to Graffiti, Street and Lowbrow artists, the objectivity and material isolation of Pop Art, the flatness of comics and ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, and Japanese design and characters.