Education

1988-90               Fashion Design and Painting, California State University, Long Beach, CA

1985-90               Fashion Design, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016      David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

2015       Smashing, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2014      Equal Opportunity, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2013       America’s Sweetheart, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY
2012       Paper and Chalk, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2012       It’s All Up to You, Adler & Company, San Francisco, CA

2011        Clean, Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

2011        New Paintings, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2011        Circa, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2010      It’s My Party, Adler & Company, San Francisco, CA

2010      I’m Not Falling For You, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2009     Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2009     Striving for Perfection, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2009     Recent Paintings, Campton Gallery, NY

2007     Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2006     Process & Palette, de Soto, Los Angeles, CA
2006     Object Lessons, University Art Gallery, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA

2005     Good Living, de Soto, Los Angeles, CA

2005     All Through the House, Metro Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2005     Time Line, ONE Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2003     Lifestyle, Gallery 825, Santa Monica, CA

2003     Three Decades of Design, Risk Art Press, West Hollywood, CA

2002     Dress, Metro Gallery, Pasadena, CA

 

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2016      The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2015       First Show, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

2015       The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2014      Inaugural Exhibition, De Buck Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2014      Art Miami, Miami, FL

2014      Artmrkt, San Francisco, CA

2014      The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2014      Art Southampton, Southampton, NY

2014      Art Silicon Valley, San Mateo, CA

2013       Art Miami, Miami, FL

2013       Artmrkt, San Francisco, CA

2013       The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2013       Art Wynwood, Miami, FL

2013       Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2013       Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL

2012       Art Miami, Miami, FL

2012       Artmrkt, San Francisco, CA

2012       Candy, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2012       Fashion, Conflict and Money, De Buck Gallery, NY

2012       Art Southampton, Southampton, NY

2012       The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2012       The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2012       The Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2011        The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2011        Artmrkt, San Francisco, CA

2011        The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2011        Art Platform, Los Angeles, CA

2011        Art Aspen, Aspen, CO

2011        Art Miami, Miami, FL

2010      The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2010      The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2010      Art Aspen, Aspen, CO

2010      Art Miami, Miami, FL

2009     Art Miami, Miami, FL

2009     Paintings, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2009     Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009     Personal Territory, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2009     The Armory Modern, New York, NY

2009     Contemporary Masters, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA

2008     Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

2008     Summer Select, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2008     Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008     The Los Angeles Art Fair, Santa Monica, CA

2007     Fresh, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2007     Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2007     ARTLA, Santa Monica, CA

2006     Scope Art Fair, Miami, FL

2006     Four Printmakers, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

2006     Best in Show, De Soto, Los Angeles, CA

2006     Scope Art Fair, New York, NY

2006     Object Lessons, University Art Gallery, CSUDH, Carson, CA

2006     ARTLA, Santa Monica, CA

2006     Santa Fe International Art Fair, Santa Fe, NM

2006     ARTLA, Santa Monica, CA

2004     Gallery Artists, One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004     Chromatic Aberrations, ANDLAB, Los Angeles, CA

2004     Freestyle, PDC Project Space, West Hollywood, CA

2004     Body Candy, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004     Paint:Print, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002     Pret a Porter, The Advocate Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2002     SCI-ARC Live Art Auction, SCI-ARC, Los Angeles, CA

2000     Boritzer, Gray, Hammano, Santa Monica, CA

1999      Recent Works, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

1999      Gen Art Holiday Event, Simon Shade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999      Fruit Crate Series, Sequerios Koll Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999      Appetite for Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999      Humane Expressions, ASPCA Annual Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA

1997      Emphasis…Color, Paragone Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

1997      Humane Expressions, ASPCA Annual Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA

1996      Group Show and Auction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The paintings for which Kelly Reemtsen is best known are elaborate depictions of the role of the modern day woman.

Strikingly feminine at first glance, with their bodies adorned in fashionable designer dresses and runway-worthy accessories, Reemtsen’s women are not simply pinup girls or arm candy. Rather, the women, while dressed to the nines, undertake household, and often, traditionally masculine tasks. The objects they hold, from dishrags to wrenches to chainsaws, range from domestic to menacing, and yet, as a body of work, address the question of the proper role of the contemporary woman. Reemtsen’s answer to that is quite simple – anything! Anonymous torsos, the women remain beautiful representations of the feminine with which anyone can identify.

In terms of technique, Reemtsen’s work, with its thick impasto, represents a masterly handling of paint, which can be seen throughout her oeuvre of women, as well as other subjects including designer furniture and pills.