Recent works of Yellow Springs painter and printmaker Katherine Kadish will be featured in the exhibition Katherine Kadish: Seasons, opening January 30 at The Dayton Art Institute. The exhibition will be on view through April 11, in the North and South Galleries of the museum’s lower level.
Her paintings and monotypes are concerned primarily with color and shape relationships, and with light and gesture. They are inspired, in part, by nature, by Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, and by the Fauve painters of France.
For Kadish, color itself is a medium and the emotion color evokes is the message. In creating her art, Kadish uses the visual world as a starting point and then simplifies the forms she sees, whether they are flowers or figures. Steeped in the world of nature, Kadish often leaves behind all reference to the known subject, and her pictures become a poetic dialogue of color and pattern. Using the primary colors of red, yellow and blue sparingly, Kadish emphasizes greens, oranges and violets and the infinite subtle variations possible.
Kadish was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began attending Saturday art classes at the Carnegie Museum at age nine and later received her B.F.A. in painting and design from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago.
Kadish has exhibited her work internationally, in addition to having been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships and residencies. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and maintains her studio in the nearby village of Clifton.
For more information on the exhibition and programming you can check out the Dayton Art Institute website.