Kristin Calabrese

Nickel Yellow, 2020
Oil on linen
45 1/2 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches

I am broken-hearted because we can’t greet each other with hugs or stand next to each other anymore. I am heartened that artists still art — and give hugs by making concept shows together — just as much art as ever before because, for artists, to art is to live.

Artist Statement
For this project, my husband and I each decided to make a painting for opposite sides of a sandwich board. My painting is a loose depiction of a surface I’ve been using to wipe my brushes on (which is a way to record time and the present moment as it’s passing by).

Born in San Francisco in 1968, Kristin Calabrese is a Los Angeles-based painter and conceptual artist who received her MFA from UCLA in 1998.  Her paintings are imbued with multiple layers of meaning. Charged with psychological implications, the canvases eerily resonate on a subconscious level. Calabrese has exhibited with Gagosian, Leo Koenig, Saatchi Gallery, LA><ART, and Susanne Vielmetter, amongst others – and is represented by Brennan & Griffin in New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, WA, The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, and the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. and is included in such prestigious collections as the Neuberger Berman, Saatchi, Getty Research Institute, and the Hammer Museum.