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Kathleen Shaver

Oil on stretched canvas
122 x 122 cm

Kathleen Shaver

Oil on stretched canvas
122 x 133 cm

Kathleen Shaver

Oil on stretched canvas
162,5 x 162,5 cm

Kathleen Shaver

Oil on evolon paper
81 x 61 cm

Kathleen Shaver

Compressed charcoal and acrylic paint on vellum
102 x 122 cm

Kathleen Shaver

Compressed charcoal and acrylic paint on vellum
112 x 71 cm

About the artist

Kathleen Shaver is an abstract painter who studied at Moore College of Art & Design  and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Her work has  been included in a major survey of contemporary Philadelphia artists at the Philadelphia  Museum of Art and in exhibits at PAFA, Woodmere Art Museum, the James A. Michener  Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Attleboro Arts Museum and  Moore. 

Although new to Galeria Azur in Madrid, Shaver has exhibited in galleries throughout  the United States, including Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington  D.C. and Texas.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for painting and her work is  included in both private and corporate collections. 

Kathleen Shaver is also a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania  School of Nursing. Early in her career she supported herself working as a registered  nurse. In 2011, she completed a permanent installation of 27 paintings, The History of  Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art, at the University of Pennsylvania School of  Nursing to celebrate 125 years of nursing at Penn. 

She currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley area of New York. 

Statement

My art is best described as a search for the primal. The Lascaux cave painters, whose  images transcend time, culture, and language, inspire me. The ancient and  fundamentally human act of applying pigment to a surface is a constant reference for  me. I work from a place where intuitive gestures and mark-making record a quest for a  pre-linguistic awareness. My paintings, drawings and sculptures reflect an interest in the  most elemental creative materials: pigment, stone, wood, paper and fabric. Ancient  cave painters sought to grasp the mystery of human existence, one that eludes language  or intellectual concepts. Similarly, I seek a unique and fundamentally primal expression  of that mystery.