Karen Kitchel

(b. 1957)

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Karen Kitchel was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1957.  She graduated from Kalamazoo College (1979) with a B.A. in art.  Her M.F.A. in painting (1982) is from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.

Like contemporary America itself--a complex grid of property lines, roads, and subdivisions—Karen Kitchel creates epic, horizonless landscape paintings of many small parts.  She is intrigued by the concepts of native vs. invasive, and landscapes that contain stories of human exploration, occupation, and change.

Kitchel’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S., and are in many private and corporate collections, including the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Pomona College Art Museum, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the U.S. State Department, Hilton Hotels Inc., First Western Trust Bank, the Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO and the New York City headquarters of Pfizer, Inc. Her paintings have recently been exhibited at Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Scripps College in Claremont, CA; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV; the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, WY; the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, CA; and Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO.  In the spring of 2010, the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming presented the first retrospective of Kitchel’s work in a 30-year survey of over 100 paintings.

Kitchel returned to southern California in 2003 after several years of living and painting in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming.  She is a full time artist, working in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains on the northern edge of Los Angeles, California.