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Katherine Crowley

Work 3620 North High Street Suite 110 County: Franklin
Columbus Ohio 43214 United States
Website: KatherineCrowley.com

Bio

Katherine Crowley was born 1976 in Columbus, Ohio to her mother Janette, a school teacher, and her father Timothy, an attorney. Her childhood was filled with ballet, music and art lessons, and expeditions into the nearby creeks and ravines. Inspired by stories of headstrong girls, Walt Disney movies, and the library of children’s books that her mother provided her and her two sisters, young Katie drew picture after picture of the world that surrounded her, both real and fantastical.

At around the age of ten, Katie began to study art seriously through Columbus College of Art and Design’s Saturday Art Education Program. There she was exposed to a variety of art mediums and learned about the critique process and the value of giving and receiving constructive criticism. As a teenager she continued to study art, music, and theater in addition to her preparatory high school courses.

She attended Miami University where she received her BFA in graphic design in 1999. Katherine has worked in the design field for healthcare, retail, architectural, and legal clients where she specializes in branding and corporate identity. All the while, Ms. Crowley remained focused on creating works of fine art. Her paintings are described by her peers as being graphic in nature; employing bold shapes, bright colors, sweeping brush strokes, and balanced compositions. Her sculptures focus on storytelling and she works to push the materials be more than figural representations. Her background in art history and an interest in both world and popular culture informs her work with unique visual symbolism. She is the President of the Worthington Area Art League, and an active member of Central Ohio Plein Air and The Ohio Portrait Painters. In 2007 she began publishing the online magazine The Avant-Garde (www.the-avant-garde.com) which keeps readers up to date on current events in the Columbus art world and beyond.

Ms. Crowley is married to her college sweetheart, architect Matthew Anderle. Just a few miles from their home lies Ms. Crowley’s fine art studio where she works on oil paintings and small bronze sculptures as well as photography and found object constructions. Most of Ms. Crowley’s fine art works center around a narrative, and incorporate personal memory and symbolic imagery, with a focus on the legacy of the individual.
In 2008, Ms. Crowley was invited to create promotional artwork for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. In 2012, her work was included in the PNC Arts Alive Arts Exchange between the cities of Worthington, Ohio and Sayama, Japan. In 2013,
she was invited to create original artwork for exhibition at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum, and the National
Motorcycle Museum. She opened her art studio to public tours in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as part of the Columbus Open Studio and Stage program organized by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In 2020, she was awarded a public art contract to display her work in the PromoWest Art Exhibition in downtown Columbus.

Ms. Crowley has completed several commissions and her work is in many private collections. Her paintings and sculptures have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Japan, including the Columbus Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio; the City Center Gallery at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio; The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, Ohio; The Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio; the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum in Pickerington, Ohio; the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Artist Statement

My narrative paintings tell a variety of stories through symbolic imagery and design. My work ranges from personal stories to iconic images of meaningful locations she has visited. Through my work I convey personal symbolism, drawing influence from  childhood memories, traditional symbolism, and personally significant precious objects. 

My current body of work seeks to merge representational imagery with dimensional objects, both sculpted and found. My paintings are a modern approach to landscape, still life, and portraiture that frequently incorporate traditional patterns. I create my paintings on deep canvases and cradled wood panels, painting a scene on each face of the canvas of board in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I then arrange objects in a dimensional composition and  nestle them in the reverse of the deep canvases and cradled panels. The objects are kept as a secret from the viewer until the painting is turned around. The selected objects tell a story that relates to the painted imagery on the obverse and sides of the canvas or board.

Portfolio

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