Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Hooray Osmond.
Kate, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a painter and installation artist, born in Washington, D.C. and based in Charleston, SC. Artist Laura Dargan and I met through a fellow artist and she recommended me to Spalding Nix Fine Art.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My life has been really beautiful, actually. I trained in welding in college. After, I got a gig flying in a helicopter for a GPS company that took me all across North America. There is nothing like seeing the World from above and it’s probably the closest I will ever be to becoming an astronaut. The aerial perspective informs the compositions of my paintings, and I like my work to feel as joyful as possible.
As a result of the guidelines in place due to the Pandemic and the stress that accompanies the shift in our daily living, I felt my creativity starting to drain. It became more and more difficult to access inspiration for my work and a lot of other artists were voicing the same concerns. And so I created the COVID-19 Artist Residency (www.crisisresidency.org). It’s an Art Residency that is open to all creatives and it takes place wherever the Artist is sheltering; the platform is entirely web-based. As of this moment, we have 45 Artists-in-Residence in North America and Europe.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
My artwork is known for being bright with bold colors and overlaid with gold leaf. My paintings feel equal parts beautiful and overwhelming. The subject matter of all of my work centers around communities. I do not paint people, but I paint industrial areas, housing developments, commercial districts, paper mills, railyards… anything with amazing structure. For the source material, I hire a helicopter and hang out of it to photograph these areas. It’s thrilling.
All of my work is influenced by my studies of physics and consciousness. The two areas of study don’t seem closely related: one is observation-based and quantitative, while the other is the culmination of centuries of Eastern tradition and study. But at the end of the day, all sciences strive to explain a facet of life and existence. In that way, I think I am focusing on several facets of life at the same time in my artwork.
- Artwork range $500 to $30,000
- Website: www.katehoorayosmond.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @katehoorayosmond
Head shot by Alice Keeney