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.
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.