Katie McGuire

Artists Statement

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    I create portraits and images of people in an altered, dreamlike, and magical way using color, pattern, shape, and texture of paint.  I use bright, unrealistic, and skewed combinations of color to show different senses about parts of the body or aspects of the personality.   I use the way in which the paint is applied and the touch to transmit an emotion or feeling.  My aim is to create a world oscillating between dreams and reality.  I pick subjects from reality, altering them into dreamlike images by adding symbolic colors and forms.  

3. Man With Sign II.jpg

    I take pictures of people that I saw on walks through the city of Los Angeles.  Instead of painting an imaginary and symbolic world around the figure, I tried to find people who were already part of the world, yet that still embodied some symbolic aspect of it.  For example, one of my paintings is an image of a man playing the accordion.  KatieMcGuire_Accordion Player III

While the painting is not photographically representational, it comes from a photo that I took.  The image is simplified, and the colors are changed to red, green, and white.  In the process of painting, I tried to capture a dreamlike feeling about the man and the music he was playing by using bright colors.  All around the figure is a thick outline of red paint, offset by a thinner red background.  This outline functions like an aura or halo of paint, its intention to imply heat and force emanating from the man and his accordion.  The simplification of the image allows for more expression in the paint handling.  

     One other image I painted was of a man standing on a street corner holding up a sign, a common and symbolic figure.  The painting is green, blue and purple, except for the bright red sign that the man is holding, and one of his bright red eyes.  The contrast of the colors is meant to draw attention to the sign.  Although no words are legible, the sign is a hot red to lead the viewer to wonder what it would say.  The figure is simplified and generalized because of a lack of caricature and detail.  Because of this, the man is recognized as anonymous; it could be any man on any street corner.  McGuire_Katie_Man In A Field Of Flowers And Arrows.jpg

    The colors used in my paintings are chosen for both symbolic and formal reasons.  A painting I did of a young girl holding flowers is filled with light, to show her childlike innocence.  The colors I used to represent this were mainly white, yellow, and pale shades of pink and magenta.  As the image is reworked, areas of the previous image are left showing or partly showing underneath a transparent layer of paint to convey evidence of the image changing in time.  In this painting, some areas of yellow are left showing through the ground of pink and purple.  As I started the painting, these were flowers falling off of her bouquet.   As I continued, I covered the flowers but left the yellow stains of paint showing through the background.

    Using color, paint application, and touch, I painted symbolic portraits of the people I saw outside.   

katie Flower Child, Spray paint, oil paint and mixed media on masoni.jpg
“Flower Child,” Spray paint, oil paint and mixed media on masonite, 30 x 40 in          $ 3000.00
katie Man With Flower, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x40
“Man With Flower,” Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30″x40,” $3,000.00
katie Richard, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x40
“Richard,” Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30″x40,” $3,000.00
katie Girl With Jewel Eyes, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x40,
“Girl With Jewel Eyes,” Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30″x40,” $3,000.00
katie Fortune Teller, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x40
“Fortune Teller,” Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30″x40,” $3,000.00

Objective  

A full-time or part-time faculty position appointment at a College teaching Art, including Painting, Drawing, and Art Appreciation.

Highlights of Qualifications

-Passion for Art and sharing it with others.

-Strong background in Art History.

-Good communication skills, relate warmly to people,

creating trust and positive relationships with students.

-Able to accurately establish priorities and adapt well to

change and different situations.

-Experience working with disabled students, and adept at

establishing support services.

-Good at helping students develop their own voice and

thought process in creating art.

-Work well with others as well as independently.

Education and Credentials

-M.F.A. Painting, Claremont Graduate University,

Claremont, CA 2000

-B.A. Art, University of California at Berkeley, 1997

-Year abroad, University of Bologna, Italy 1996-1997

Professional Experience

-Active Exhibition record in solo, group, and juried Art

Exhibitions.

-Part-Time teaching Experience in Drawing, Painting, and

Art Appreciation at the Community College level for eight

years.

-Substitute Teacher in Special Education and Regular

Education in Math, English, and Art for the Los Angeles

Unified School District

-Experience with students with various kinds of

disabilities (Learning Handicapped, Mentally Retarded,

Autistic, Physically Handicapped, and Emotionally

Disturbed)

Teaching

Teach a mixed beginning and advanced drawing class every semester at Antelope Valley College.  Do slide lectures each week on various artists and techniques.  Organize field trips to museums for students.  Teach a variety of techniques such as charcoal, pencil, watercolor, oil pastel, pastel, colored pencil, collage, pen and ink, and painting.  Introduce a variety of skills such as line, shading, perspective drawing, color, cross-hatching, figure drawing, portrait drawing, and abstract and conceptual art.

Have taught Art Appreciation as well, using an art history text, and doing a slide lectures about the reading each week. Introduced vocabulary, and required writing assignments from the students.  

Work History

2001-present  Adjunct Faculty  Antelope Valley College

2004- 1 semester  Adjunct Faculty Los Angeles Valley College

2006 – present Adjunct Faculty, Drawing, Riverside Community College

2000-present Substitute Teacher Los Angeles Unified

References

Sandra Wiles-Colleague, 250-721-0732/ 602-279-2568

Danielle Segura-Colleague, Idyllwild Arts, 909-556-3457

David Babb-Supervisor, Antelope Valley College, 661-722-6385

Amy Balent-Supervisor, Riverside Community College, Moreno Valley Campus, 702-622-4622

Resume and Exhibition History

 

 

www.KatieMcGuireArtwork.weebly.com

Education:

Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Claremont Graduate

University, Claremont, CA.  8/98 – 5/00: Painting,

Drawing, Computer, and Art History.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, University of California at

Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.  8/93 – 12/97:  Art, Art

History, Liberal Arts, Italian.

Experience:

8/06 – 5/13

Riverside Community College

Moreno Valley Campus

16130 Lasselle Street

Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Art Instructor

 

8/04 – 12/04

Los Angeles Valley College

Los Angeles Community College District

5800 Fulton Ave

Valley Glen, CA 91401

Adjunct Professor, Art

8/01 – present

Antelope Valley College

Antelope Valley Community College District

3041 West Ave K

Lancaster, CA 93536

Adjunct Professor, Beginning and Advanced Drawing

8/00 – present

Los Angeles Unified School District

333 South Beaudry Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

Substitute Teacher

Special Education and Regular Education, Elementary School

Exhibition History

Group Exhibitions

November 1998.  Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA.  “Both.”

February 1999.  Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA.

“Blue,” Exhibition of Women Artists.

November 1999.  East Gallery, Claremont, CA.  “Flying Cars.”

April 2000.  Chinese Cultural Center, El Monte, CA.  “East Meets West.”

July 2000.  Progress Space, Pomona, CA,  “Some Recent Paintings.”

August 2000.  Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, CA, “Currencies.”

December 2000.  Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA,  “All Media 2000.”

January 2001.  Ocean Center Building, Long Beach, CA, “Family & Friends, Mainstream & Alternative.”

January 2001.  Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Arts Museum, San Bernardino, CA.  “FAI’s 35th Annual Open,” recipient of Dick Blick Painting Award.

February 2001.  City of Brea Gallery, Brea Civic and Cultural Center, Brea, CA,  “Made In California.”

July 2001.  San Pedro Art Association, The Gallery, San Pedro, CA, “Harbor Toll, An Exhibition at Ports O’ Call.”

July 2001.  Palos Verdes Art Center, “2001 All Media Exhibition.”

August 2001.  Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA, “Gallery Artists.”

October 2001.  Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA,

“Faculty Art Show.”

December 2001.  Gallery 57, Pomona, CA, “Gallery 57 Underground Juried Exhibition.”

December 2001.  Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA,  “Women Painters West and Gallery Artists.”

December 2001.  Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA, “98th Annual Open Exhibit.”

January 2002.  The Artist’s Gallery, Santa Monica, CA,  “Three Painters.”

February 2002.  Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA,

“Color Outside the Lines.”  

May 2002.  Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA, “5×5.”

June 2002.  The Second City Council, Long Beach, CA, “America.”

July 2002.  The Artist’s Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, “Food For Thought.”

October 2002.  Mural Painting on Wall, Art Council for San Bernardino County, San Bernardino, CA, “Buenos Dias, Paloma Blanca: A Day of the Dead Procession.”

January 2003.  Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, “Made In America.”

March 2003.  Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA, “Faculty Art Show.”

July 2003.  Crazy Space, Santa Monica, CA, “Seeking Eden.”

August 2003.  Pierce College Art Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA, “Me, Myself, and I, A Group of Self Portraits.”

February 2004.  Thousand Oaks Art Association, Thousand Oaks, CA, “Annual Juried Show.”

March 2004.  Pierce College Art Gallery,  “Companions and Conversations.”  

August 2004.  Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA, “Annual Juried Exhibition.”

October 2004.  Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA,  “Faculty Art Show.”

December 2004.  Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA,  “Open Show 2004.”

May 2005. San Bernardino County Fair, San Bernardino, CA.

National Orange Show 2005.”

August 2005.  Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA.  “Motion and Sound.”

September 2005.  Millard Sheets Art Gallery, Pomona, CA.  “Pomona County Fair Exhibit.”

October 2005.  Valley Institute of Visual Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA.  “Southern California Open Regional Exhibition.”

April 2006.  Long Beach Arts Long Beach, CA.  “Chaos.”

September 2006.  Antelope Valley College.  “Faculty Art Show.”  

Fall 2007, Art in our Library, Palos Verdes Art Center

Fall 2008, Art in Our Library, Palos Verdes Art Center

Fall 2008, Art Stop Project, Bus Art Poster and booth, Santa Clarita Street Art Festival.  

Fall 2010, Antelope Valley College, “Odd Harmonies,” Collage Show

Fall 2010, Riverside Community College, “Faculty Art Show”

Spring 2016, We Labs at the Packard Grand Opening, Long Beach, 6 paintings included.  

Spring 2016, California Marymount University, “The Art of Change,” 3 paintings included.

Fall 2016, Art in Our Library, Palos Verdes Art Center.  

Spring 2017, Social Fiction, CSU Channel Islands.  

Solo Exhibitions

April 2000.  Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA.  “Hollywood and Vine.”

July 2003.  The Artist’s Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.  “New Paintings.”

September 2003.  Blue Seven Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.  “The Human Presence.”

Fall 2016, Poway Center for Performing Arts, 16 paintings on display for one month in September.  

Spring 2017, Buena Park City Hall Exhibiting Artist Program.

Summer 2017, Steelworker’s Auditorium, Fontana, CA

Artists Statement

    I create portraits and images of people in an altered, dreamlike, and magical way using color, pattern, shape, and texture of paint.  I use bright, unrealistic, and skewed combinations of color to show different senses about parts of the body or aspects of the personality.   I use the way in which the paint is applied and the touch to transmit an emotion or feeling.  My aim is to create a world oscillating between dreams and reality.  I pick subjects from reality, altering them into dreamlike images by adding symbolic colors and forms.  

    I take pictures of people that I saw on walks through the city of Los Angeles.  Instead of painting an imaginary and symbolic world around the figure, I tried to find people who were already part of the world, yet that still embodied some symbolic aspect of it.  For example, one of my paintings is an image of a man playing the accordion.  While the painting is not photographically representational, it comes from a photo that I took.  The image is simplified, and the colors are changed to red, green, and white.  In the process of painting, I tried to capture a dreamlike feeling about the man and the music he was playing by using bright colors.  All around the figure is a thick outline of red paint, offset by a thinner red background.  This outline functions like an aura or halo of paint, its intention to imply heat and force emanating from the man and his accordion.  The simplification of the image allows for more expression in the paint handling.  

     One other image I painted was of a man standing on a street corner holding up a sign, a common and symbolic figure.  The painting is green, blue and purple, except for the bright red sign that the man is holding, and one of his bright red eyes.  The contrast of the colors is meant to draw attention to the sign.  Although no words are legible, the sign is a hot red to lead the viewer to wonder what it would say.  The figure is simplified and generalized because of a lack of caricature and detail.  Because of this, the man is recognized as anonymous; it could be any man on any street corner.  

    The colors used in my paintings are chosen for both symbolic and formal reasons.  A painting I did of a young girl holding flowers is filled with light, to show her childlike innocence.  The colors I used to represent this were mainly white, yellow, and pale shades of pink and magenta.  As the image is reworked, areas of the previous image are left showing or partly showing underneath a transparent layer of paint to convey evidence of the image changing in time.  In this painting, some areas of yellow are left showing through the ground of pink and purple.  As I started the painting, these were flowers falling off of her bouquet.   As I continued, I covered the flowers but left the yellow stains of paint showing through the background.

    Using color, paint application, and touch, I painted symbolic portraits of the people I saw outside.   

katie Flower Child, Spray paint, oil paint and mixed media on masoni.jpg

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