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Alaska-based artist Hollis Kitchin paints landscapes, illustrations, animal portraits and whatever suits her fancy.

Artist Statement:

Our surroundings help to shape us, and the uncertainty and spontaneity of the Alaskan landscape and weather informs my body of work. The way light streams through trees, fog and mist fascinates me. The interaction of plate tectonics and how it creates vastly different environments across the state is awe inspiring to me. As an artist interpreting these familiar natural structures, fora and fauna with constantly changing weather patterns into a painting requires a balance of control and chaos.

 

For me watercolor is the perfect medium to interpret the land and sky. The flow of the paint, the way the brushstrokes dissolve into each other and the way the pigment settles into the peaks and valleys of the paper mimics the spontaneity of nature. The mathematical repetition of shapes within plants and angles in mountain sides helps to create a visual sense of structure and control within my work. Connecting with nature creates a thrill of exploration both tangibly and creatively.

 

Education

2012 Bachelor of Arts, Art. May 2012 University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK

Degree emphasis in Drawing and Ceramics

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Annie Kaill’s Art Gallery, Juneau, AK March 2020

2019 Perseverance Theater, Artist Feature, Juneau, AK Nov - Dec 2019

2019 Barnaby Brewing, Juneau, AK October 2019

2019 Amalga Distillery, Juneau, AK April 2019

2018 Harbor Tea and Spice, Juneau, AK  May 2018

2014 Heritage Coffee, Juneau, AK October 2014

2013 Heritage Coffee, Juneau, AK October 2013

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 Persisters, ‘Pop up Art Show’ Rockwell Ballroom, Juneau AK 

2017 Persisters, ‘Pre-existing Condition’ Rockwell Ballroom, Juneau A

 

Residencies

2019 Alaskan Robotics Comics Camp, Juneau, AK 

2018 Alaskan Robotics Comics Camp, Juneau, AK

2017 Alaskan Robotics Comics Camp, Juneau, AK 

Comissions, Publications, Workshops, Contests

2020 Poster Image, Mountainside Open Mic Spring Season

2019 Kindred Post Holiday Card, December

2019 Kindred Post Workshop: Watercolor Basics with Hollis

2019 Poster Image, Mountainside Open Mic Fall Season

2019 Kindred Post Post Card Contest

2019 Poster Image, Mountainside Open Mic Spring Season

2018 Poster Image, Mountainside Open Mic Fall Season

2017 Kindred Post Post Card Contest

2012 Tidal Echoes, UAS Literary & Arts Journal. 12

 

Work

2020 Properties Master, ‘Silent Sky’ by Lauren Gunderson, Perseverance Theater, Juneau, AK and Anchorage, AK

2019 Properties Master, ‘With’ by Carter Lewis, Perseverance Theater, Juneau AK

Juneau, AK, USA

©2020 by Hollis Kitchin