Kathryn Freeman creates exquisitely detailed mythological stories told in paint not unlike my dreams, but in full colour… a kind of beautiful eroticism in the choice of subjects the layering of paint on canvas as if my own being was being stroked…Looking at what I’ve seen of her work on line, for me it would all be called stories from my dreams…and I’m sure this only captures a fraction of what she has said…
My conversation with her and slideshows of her work :
Visit her web site and magical paintings… http://www.kathrynfreeman.com
Some of her paintings:
The Work of a Modern Magic Realist Painter
Words from her web site:
Kathryn Freeman is a narrative figure painter who combines classical composition with magic realism.
Freeman’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in New York, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and other cities in the United States and Europe. Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections and she has completed several large-scale public murals as well as private commissioned paintings and portraits.
Freeman’s career as a painter began when she lived and worked with her uncle, the American landscape painter Robert Jordan, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She continued her studies at the University of New Hampshire and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Brooklyn College in New York, studying with Milet Andrejevic, Lennart Andersen, Philip Pearlstein and Joseph Groell.
Freeman, who works in oil on canvas in addition to gouache and pastel, began exhibiting her art with the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York in 1983. Her first show with Tatistcheff was made up of figure compositions inspired by her Brooklyn neighborhood.
Freeman returned to the United States in 1993, moving to Chevy Chase, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. In the months after her move, Freeman completed a series of six paintings titled “Toward a Peaceable Kingdom.” Set at the National Zoo, the series captured Freeman’s reaction to her return to the United States after 10 years abroad. “The Gates to the Kingdom” was the central painting in this series and in her subsequent exhibition of the same title at the Tatistcheff Gallery in 1994.
After the Peaceable Kingdom paintings, Freeman turned away from streets and parks and went back to one of her favorite subjects, the narrative interior, or what she calls “the painted story.” In 1998, Freeman had another solo exhibition at the Tatistcheff Gallery that was titled “Sense and Sensibility.” Works that were included in this show are “Piano Lessons,” “Arbor Day,” and “Full Moon.”