KAT OSTROW

Drift
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas
$600
Untitled
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Crush
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas
$600

Iris
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas
$500
Glow
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas
$500


ARTIST STATEMENT
People, and more specifically their emotions, are what I am most inspired by. What motivates people? What drags them down? What lifts them up and inspires them? What makes them tick? This is the treasure I seek as I am painting a portrait. My portraits straddle the line between realism and abstract. I use exaggeration, geometry, color and focal point to get under the skin of my subject. I layer my impressions one upon another and try to follow my impulses without worrying about the finished painting. The portrait is not a replication, but rather an editorial: my reaction to the subject I am painting.

ARTIST BIO
My background is in music. I spent so much energy and time focused on it that I didn't even realize art was there waiting for me. Art began tugging at my edges in 2001, and being one who follows such impulses, I began to draw. The seduction of making has been pulling me along ever since. In December, 2008, I began painting and fell in love with the potential of acrylics. The process of making is what drives me and I only have a vague idea where any piece will finish. I follow my impulses, often making very bold changes, layering one upon the other. I have discovered that there is never a wrong move. The work I do next would never have been what it is without all the steps I have taken. Some artists that influence me include Leonor Fini, Marlene Dumas, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Herakut, and Amedeo Modigliani.

ARTIST CONTACT
http://www.wix.com/katost/kat-ostrow

katost@comcast.net

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