My visual art is based in the Western Modernist tradition of painting, originating with Cezanne and Van Gogh. My influences range between early modernism and art in the age of reproduction to the connections with artists living today. My collage art and small sculptures have been influenced by the collaborations and exchanges I've had with the (late) poet Steve Dalanchinsky and other NYC and international artists who contribute to the annual contemporary DADA art journal: Maintenant. Other artists who influence my painting are Matisse, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O'Keefe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo.
My work has been exhibited at the feminist AIR gallery in NY, SAW Gallery in Ottawa, the Daniel Spectrum Gallery and Project Gallery in Toronto, Folie Culture in Quebec City, tAd gallery in Texas and the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea. As we are (almost) all connected now through the internet and can find or share our mutual influences and inclinations. I identify with a New Romanticism and the RIOT ideology of the 90s.
It is my hope that my paintings, collage, sculptures and drawings speak to audiences who are interested in the continuing tradition of expression, romance and colour of art based in emotional expression. It is a movement that belongs to all who want to surround ourselves in the surreal awakening that challenges what we think is real and what is feeling.
Kathleen Florence Reichelt 2021
Large Paintings below:average size 4 x 3 feet, on gallery canvas