Katherine Bernhardt

Selected works by Katherine Bernhardt

Katherine Bernhardt
Gold Maillot


Acrylic on canvas

244 x 183 cm
Katherine Bernhardt’s paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases, which themselves pose as the currency of beguiling luxury, incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption, each charged with sordid soap operatic climax and the command of true-to-type bitches and divas. Looming larger than life, Bernhardt’s demoiselles flaunt exaggerated tales of womanly wiles: a tribe of Amazonian it-girls, goddesses, and super-heroines languishing in the ennui of money, power, and style.
Katherine Bernhardt
Anna Barrios Pucci Print


Acrylic on canvas

244 x 183 cm

Approaching painting as a platform for fiction, Bernhardt’s imagined characters are richly contrived portraits encapsulating both the vacuity of media image and the unpredictable response of consumer over-identification. Rendered with the fury of both adulation and envy, Bernhardt’s models emerge as freakish inventions, all Max Factor raccoon eyes, emaciated limbs, and swollen red pouts; troubled beauties relishing both idolisation and abuse.

Katherine Bernhardt
Lizard Woman


Acrylic on canvas

183 x 213 cm
Far from illustrating wry caricature, Bernhardt’s wildly expressive style illuminates her own complicit role as spell-bound fan. Her paintings are executed with rarefied passion, conveying urgency, obsession, and a desire to emulate through the act of making. Her engagement with beauty is funny, clumsy, and endearingly humiliating. ’Getting it right’ fashion dissolves into planes of illusive abstraction as designer bikinis transform into ill-fitting triangles, eye-shadow hovers as lurid circles, and pink terrains of skin drip with melting suggestion of fake tan or plastic surgery rumour. Through her casual formalism, Bernhardt uncovers the true secrets of attraction: a beauty that lies in the pureness of sentiment and basic instinct aesthetic, packaged with the uptown savvy of raw ambition.
Katherine Bernhardt
Pink Cake


Acrylic on canvas

215 x 304 cm

Katherine Bernhardt's Biography

Born in 1975, St Louis, MO
Lives and works in New York, NY


Stupid, Crazy, Ridiculous, Funny Patterns, CANADA, NY, New York

Watermelon, Smiley Faces, Ice Cream, Popsicles, Avocado and Sun, Roberto Paradise, San Juan Puerto Rico
Holiday Services, Katherine Bernhardt and Youssef Jdia, The Hole, NYC, NY

Nomad, Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden

Rites of Spring Passage, Carbon 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hot Pop Time Machine, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tombouctou 52 Jours, CANADA, New York, NY
Lila Dit Ca, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France

Super Models and Swatch Watches, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
Wonder Women, Carbon 12, Dubai
Greeky, Ransom, London, UK
Kate, Giselle, Natalia, Agyness, Simon, Kanye and George, CANADA, New York

Drunken Hot Girls, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris France
Kiss Me Kate, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Black White Silver Gold Baby, installation with CHANEL and New York
Magazine, CHANEL 64th and Madison Avenue, NY, New York
La Dolce Vita, Galeria Glance, Torino, Italy
Flesh for Fantasy, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Girls on Film, Cannes, France
Budapest, The Gellert Hotel, 10:15pm, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
Winter Special Crazy Fun, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France

96 Degrees in the Shade, CANADA, New York
Women of the Forest, Greener Pastures Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Where the Spirits Dwell, Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pleasure and Paint, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria

Dots, Team Gallery, New York
Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York

Team Gallery,New York, NY
Modern Culture at The Gershwin Hotel, New York

Team Gallery, New York, NY


All That Glitters, Curated by Athena Barat and Rebecca Jampol, The Gateway
Project, Newwark, New Jersey

Chicken or Beef?, The Hole, New York, NY
Independants, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gestures, V1 Gallery, Colta, Basel, Switzerland
Work, Klaus Von Nichtssagand, NY, New York
The Triumph of Human Painting, Bull and Ram, NY, New York
Skateboards, Curated by Brian Alfred, Artware Editions, NY, New York
Extravagant Features, Curated by Clarissa Darlymple, NY, New York
Pin up Magazine Design Wee, Salon94, NY, New York
Cloth Made More Interesting by People, Feature, NY, New York

I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, New York, NY
You Won’t be Bored Tonight, V.1 Copenhagen, Denmark
Bernhardt, Frost, Kitaj, Rivers, Schumann, Williams, Marlborough Gallery, NYC
Twisted Sister, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Material: A Group Show, Salon 94, Freemans Alley, New York, NY
Danger Curve Ahead, Ober Gallery, Kent, Connecticut
The State, Domination Hegemony and the Panopticon, Traffic, Dubai, UAE
East West Shift to the Middle Part #1, Bill Brady/ KC, Kansas City, KS

Katherine Bernhardt, Alfred Jensen, Chris Johanson, Chris Martin, Andrew
Masullo and Judith Scott, Mitchell Innes and Nash, New York, NY
Day of the Locust, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Go figure, curated by Eddie Martinez, Dodge Gallery, NYC
An Instance of Vibration, curated by Peter Makebish, Bowery Hotel, NYC
The Influentials, curated by Amy Smith Stewart, SVA Gallery, NYC
I Am Who I Am, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
FACEMAKER, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Carbon12, Dubai, UAE
Paint, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Collection 3, Painting and Drawing from the Collection of Claudine and Jean
Mark Collection, Foundation Salomon, France

Quick While Still Hot, Heist Gallery, New York, NY
Haute Romantics, Verge Gallery and Studio Project, Sacramento, CA
New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Macro Future, Rome, Italy
Spaced Out / On Time, CANADA, New York, NY
Teasers and Pleasers, Galerie Kussseneers, Antwerp, Belgium
The Multifaceted Female, Barat Foundation, Newark, NJ
Brooklyn Queens, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn NY
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Marilyn Monroe, Städtische Galerie, Schloss Meersberg, Germany
Hard Soft, National Arts Club, New York, NY
Glam Shackle & Spice, Gallery SATORI, New York, NY
Quick While Still, curate by Kadar Brock, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

Ice Cream Show, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
ambivalent figuration; people, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Deadliest Catch: Hamptons, curated by Michael Sellinger, Southampton, NY

Prelude, Julie Chae Gallery, Boston, MA
Someday Never Comes, Zeiher Smith, New York, NY
Wu-Tang / googolplex, curated by Darren Bader, GBE @ Passerby, New York
Group Show curated by Eddie Martinez, Zeiher Smith, New York M*A*S*H, curated by Amy Smith Stewart and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, The Helena, New York, NY
Group Show curated by Jason Duvall, Kathleen Cullen, New York, NY

The Galleries Show, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
(Cana) Rico ?, Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Men, curated by Ellen Altfest, I-20 Gallery, New York
Paint, Power, Triangles and Selections from My Wardrobe", Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Frisky Flaming Hot, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita
Group Show, Salon 94, curated by Bronwyn Keenan in conjunction with Bono and Fashion Week, New York
In Search of Love & Fire", David Castillo Modern & Contemporary Art, Miami

Hello Sunday, curated by Holly Coulis, SixtySeven, New York
The Early Show, curated by The General Store, White Columns, New York
Manhattan, curated by Carol Lee, 100 Lafayette, New York
Monster Painting McClain Gallery, Houston
Sitting, Standing, Reclining II” Modern Culture Gallery, New York
Honeymoon with Romeo, Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel Midway Contemporary, ST Paul
New York’s Finest, CANADA, New York and Wallace Whitney

4 Color Pen Show, General Store, Milwaukee
Postcards From The Edge, Visual Aids Benefit, Brent Sikkema, New York
The 4 color pen show, General Store, Milwaukee
General Store Rocks, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree
Rock, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica
Slice and Dice, SVA museum, New York
Beginning Here 101 Ways”, SVA Museum, New York
Under the Sun, Greener Pastures, Toronto
Voo Doo Shit Hales Gallery, London
Heavenly Creatures, Saltzburg
Beat the Reaper, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
Drunk VS. Stoned, Gavin Browns’ Passerby, New Yor
Bad Touch V.5 Tampa

Girls Gone Wild, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery New York(organized by Katherine Bernhardt and Bronwyn Keenan) The Larger Room, Mari Eastman Apt, Los Angeles
Bad Touch V.4, Keith Talent Gallery, London
Slacker Art, Unfinished on Purpose, Greener Pastures, Toronto

Bad Touch, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
Ecstasy Falls, Paris
Stirring the Turd, Lump Gallery, Raleigh
Art New York, Kunstraume Auf Zeit, Linz
Brush, Enders Projects, Frankfurt
Painting, ATM Gallery
Burst, Team Gallery
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos Gallery
Snapshot, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

Perfunctory, Team Gallery, New York

Electraslip Knife, Chicago
Snapshot, Baltimore Contemporary Museum
Tectonic, La Panaderia, Mexico City

Love, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York
Forever is a Hell of A Long Time, Bronwyn Keenen Gallery, New York

Sassy Nuggets, A-1 Lab Art Space, Knoxville
Eye Candy, Contemporary Artists Workshop, Chicago