Kathryn Kain’s large light filled studio at Hunter’s Point Shipyard in San Francisco offers the space for painting, printmaking, and mixed-media collage. It is a place that supports her love of drawing offering found and scavenged images that combine and weave into unique prints. Recently she has focused on drawing the plants from a hillside near her studio that is housed in an abandoned military housing neighborhood which had been untouched for 25 years. Targeted for redevelopment, the hillside was a secret place off limits to all working in the shipyard. The impending demolition of the old houses and wild gardens challenged Kain to spend as much time as possible visiting and collecting branches from the various plants and vine covered buildings. These recent art works reflect an inner recognition of the silent, abandoned and very private paradise offered by the old fruit trees and the birds flying in the canopies of this hidden Eden.

She is fascinated with portrayals of women in popular media, especially vintage Americana. Three fruits: an apple, a quince or a pomegranate have been called the original fruit of temptation in the biblical story of the fall from Paradise – these became a starting point for drawings and collages based on the myth of Eve and its pagan precursors. What followed was a deepening of the ritualistic practice of drawing natural objects at close range. For Kathryn, the drawing is a meditation; the objects become receptacles of feelings.

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Artist Bio

Kathryn Kain Biography

Kathryn Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio and works from the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her BFA at San Jose State University and her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her studio is located at the historic Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. Her monotypes, collages, paintings and unique books are exhibited nationally and internationally. Her major solo exhibits include Harvesting Myths at the Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, CA and La ironia inocente de la rosa at Ex- Convento in Guadalajara, MX.

As a master printmaker in monotype she ran the studio for the now shuttered Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto, California. There she collaborated with artists from around the world to make their vision materialize in unique works on paper. Her press, Atelier Blu Rose, is where she currently produces her paintings, drawings and prints. Continuing her work as a master printmaker she works with professional artists and teaches workshops at her studio. Kathryn Kain is known for her printmaking around the San Francisco Bay area and has been a visiting instructor at several local universities. Most recently she taught printmaking at Stanford University, Spring quarter, 2020.

Kathryn maintains an artistic connection with her roots in Ohio and has shown work at the Toledo Museum of Art. For several years she has collaborated with Carol Imes -Luscombe on unique prints made using local plants. These images are shown at Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio.

Exhibitions

 Kathryn Kain Selected Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Back to The Garden, Recent Monotypes from North Street Collective, Atelier Blu Rose, San Francisco, CA

Cloud Crystals, Collaborative monotypes made with Kara Maria, Atelier Blu Rose, San Francisco, CA

2018 The Gatehouse, Gatehouse at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone,St. Helena, CA

Amid The Whispering Leaves, Falcon Art Gallery, Del Rio, TX

Lingering Light, Collaborative works with Carol Imes Luscombe, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

2017 Rushes, Sedges and Grasses, Collaborative works with Carol Imes Luscombe, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

Naturselbstdruck, Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA

2016 Outdoors Close Up, Alderworks Artist and Writers Retreat, Alaska, Dyea, AK

2015 Cottage Views, ArtSeed Cottage Residency Program, San Francisco, CA

Arcadian Duet: Collaborative Works By Kathryn Kain & Kara Maria, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 48 Pillars, Invitational exhibit, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Women Rising, Juried exhibit, The Drawing Room Annex, San Francisco, CA

Making An Impression: Printmaking Possibilities, Selections from the permanent collection of the de Saissett Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

12th Annual Women’s Show, O’ Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

Art in the Time of Corona, a benefit art auction exhibition, NUMU, Los Gatos, CA

2019 Between the Lines, California Society of Printmakers, Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco State University

Perception Of Place, CSP Print exhibit, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA 2018

Retrospective 11,  Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Devoted Obsession, two-person show, Siskiyou Arts Museum, Dunsmuir, CA

Contemplation and Musings, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017

Pacific Prints, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

Oda a La Muerte, Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Flora & Fauna, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, The Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

Pressing On: Contemporary Printmaking, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Dart For Art 2017, San Mateo Events Center, San Mateo, CA

Material Matters, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Codex Book Fair & Symposium, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA

2016 Skin Deep: The Art of Tattoo, The JCCSF Katz Snyder Gallery, CA

Nothing is Here; Dada is its Name, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City, CA

Serenity: Sanctuary, UCSF Women’s Health Center, San Francisco, CA

Impulse, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 Books: An Exhibition of Unique Handmade Books and Portfolios, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA

Pressed: a Printmaking Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

Awards

RESIDENCIES

2019 North Street Collective, Artist Residency, Willits, CA
2016 Alderworks Artist and Writers Retreat, Alaska, Dyea, AK
2016 Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA
2015 ArtSeed Cottage Residency, San Francisco, CA
1999 Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Johnson Vermont, VT
1996 Bluffton University, Visiting Artist and Exhibition Curator, Bluffton, OH

LECTURES

2017 Oda a La Muerte, panel discussion, Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, San Francisco, CA Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, The Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby, Panel discussion, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2016 Outdoors Close Up, Alderworks Artist and Writers Retreat, Alaska, Dyea, AK
2015 Kathryn Kain: Artist Introduction, Visiting Artist Talk, Santa Clara University, Santa

Clara, CA
2014 Indelibly Yours: The Tattoo Project, Lecture, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA 2009 Harvesting Myths, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2006 La ironia inocente de la rosa, panel discussion, Ex Convento del Carmen,

Guadalajara, Mexico
2002 Radius, Artist Talk, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

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