21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Kathryn Engberg

New York

Kathryn Engberg, Mackenzie in Hood, oil, 24 x 24.

Kathryn Engberg, Mackenzie in Hood, oil, 24 x 24.

Art Education: My first art education was from my mother, who is the second-generation artist in our family. I spent many hours watching her in her studio, critiquing her paintings, and going to art museums and gallery openings. She taught me that being an artist was a viable career option. My academic training came from the Grand Central Atelier.

Style: I would say I am a classical realist. I am a painter enamored with the challenge of capturing both a person’s likeness and essence. I paint what fascinates me, and I paint what I find to be the most complex and eternally challenging subject: people.

Creative Spark: Interesting faces always fascinate me. I’m not so interested in the color of someone’s eyes or perfect skin, but I’m very intrigued by a unique nose or positioning of eyes. It is the uniqueness to the forms that catches my eye most.

Biggest Fear: Never creating a painting I really love.

Pet Peeve: Nostrils. They can ruin a painting in a hurry. We’ve all seen (and made) that painting or drawing ruined by a poorly drawn, overly dark nostril.

Quirkiest Trait: I collect antique chairs. I’ve rarely seen an antique chair I didn’t think a model would look good in. It becomes problematic in New York City apartment living.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Rembrandt’s SELF-PORTRAIT AT THE AGE OF 34.

Price Range: $1,200 to $9,000.

Representation: Simie Maryles Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Eleventh Street Arts, Queens, NY; www.kengberg.com.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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