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SELECTED WORKS BY Keltie Ferris

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2010

Oil, acrylic, oil pastel & sprayed paint on canvas

203.2 x 203.2 cm
“I like the feeling of looking through things to a world you can’t quite access, or a residue of a former world that you can’t quite get to, and I try to have that in my paintings”.

The balance and symmetry in Keltie Ferris’s paintings makes it tempting to look for underlying grid formations within their layers of colour and varying styles of application. Broad brushstrokes and sprayed on oil paint, are interrupted by patches of smudged colours appear to energise neighbouring, more defined parts of the painted surface, particularly those in 00>><<00 and ((!!!!!)) which resemble the pixels and repetitive shapes found in computer games like Tetris.
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Keltie Ferris
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2010

Oil, acrylic, oil pastel & sprayed paint on canvas

203.2 x 203.2 cm
Ferris’s paintings are inspired by subjects that range from the broken up pixelation of digital images, rubbed out graffiti on New York streets to the glimmering city lights that are visible from her Brooklyn studio at night. She has commented that “bedazzled energy, and bright artificial light” are themes that have filtered into her painting process which explains the underlying, palpable current within her paintings.

Ferris started to use spray paint, in order to make gestural, expressive marks that moved on from the physical and historical implications of the traditional brush stroke. By using thinned consistencies of oil paint sprayed on, rather than an aerosol, she is reproducing the immediacy of a graffiti style mark, and its directness, on the same level that she might reference the hands-off monochromes of Josef Albers or the pictorial, free-wheeling depth found in the paintings of Albert Ohlen.
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2011

Oil, acrylic, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas

203.2 x 203.2 cm
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Keltie Ferris
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2011

Oil, acrylic, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas

203.2 x 203.2 cm
Text by Gemma de Cruz

Keltie Ferris's BIOGRAPHY

Keltie Ferris
Born in 1977, Louisville, KY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS


2014
Body Prints, Chapter NY, NY
Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY

2010
KF+CM 4EVER, Horton Gallery, New York, NY

2009
Man Eaters, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO

2008
Dear Sir or Madame, SUNDAY L.E.S., New York, NY
Sincerely Yours, New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami, FL (with SUNDAY L.E.S.)
Keltie Ferris & Molly Larkey, SUNDAY L.E.S., New York, NY

2007
Boy Genius, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Boy Genius, The Prequel, Scenic, New York, NY (Curators: Simon Watson)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan
Outside The Lines, CAMH, Houston, TX

2013
Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, NY
Paint On Paint Off, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY.
On the Grid, Magnus Gallery, New York, NY (curator: Sima Familant)

2012
Raw/Cooked: Ulrike MĂĽller, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Astral Weeks, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL
Open Windows: Keltie Ferris, Jackie Saccoccio, Billy Sullivan, and Alexi Worth curated by Carroll Dunham,
Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

2011
The Working Title, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
Salon ZĂĽrcher, Paris, FR, with the Horton Gallery

2010
Spray!, D'Amelio-Terras, New York, NY
Purity is a Myth, Pilar Corrias, London, England
Illusions Lounge, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN (Curator: Scott Grow)
The Armory Show, Horton Gallery, New York, NY
This Is A Performance, ACP, Los Angeles, CA (Curator: Sam Gordon)

2009
This Is A Test , ACP @ X initiative, New York, NY (Curator: Sam Gordon)
The Open, Deitch, Long Island City, NY
Aberrant Abstraction, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Besides, With, Against, And Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Oculus Imaginationis, Horton Gallery, New York, NY
The Best is Yet to Come, Galleria Glance, Turino, Italy
Rattled By the Rush, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
DiSoRgAnIzEd (Another 24 Hours), Museum 52, New York, NY (Curator: Jacob Robichaux)

2008
Party at Phong’s House, Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY (Curator: Chris Martin)
There is No There There, Rivington Arms, New York, NY
Accident Blackspot, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (Curators: Jim Lee and Rob Nadeau)
Defining A Moment: 25 New York Artists, House of Campari, New York, NY (Curator: Chris Martin)
Unnameable Things, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Accident Blackspot, Markus Winter, Berlin, Germany (Curators: Jim Lee and Rob Nadeau)
Performed Identity, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY (Curator: Simon Watson)
Untitled (Works on Paper), Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
Living Room Paintings, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
Painted Faces, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Some Kind of Portrait, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (Curator: Simon Watson)
Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, Miami, FL (Curator: Simon Watson)

2006
Flex Your Textiles, John Connelly, New York, NY (Curators: Travis Boyer and Ginger Brooks Takahashi)
School Days, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT