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BIOGRAPHY

Katy Horan is an illustrator and fine artist with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (2003). Her work has exhibited throughout the United States and in Canada. It has been published in a number of books including Fantagraphic's Beasts! and The Exquisite Book (Chronicle Books) and Dark Inspiration II (Victionary), as well as in numerous publications such as Juxtapoz Magazine and New American Paintings (no. 90 & 120). She has completed two painting residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and was a finalist for the 2015 Hunting Art Prize. She is also the illustrator of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers , written by Taisia Kitaiskaia and published by Seal Press. Katy is represented by Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary and Media

She lives in Austin, Tx with her husband, daughter and two dogs.


STATEMENT

My work examines female roles and representation found throughout history and mythology. I pull visual inspiration and ideas from a wide variety of sources including film, literature, folk art and music. I then rearrange these fragments of imagery and information to construct new variations of recurring figures and re-imagine familiar narratives. I intend the image to be at once identifiable and ambiguous, inviting the viewer’s imagination and personal associations to inform their interpretation. This research based process allows me to explore an array of interests that range from Victorian spinsterhood and classic ghost stories to the archetypal witch figure, who I work with often. Using witch as a focal point, I work to pull apart the many nuanced variations of this archetype and her relationship to history, culture, folklore and broader concepts of femininity. I am interested in the ways she is sometimes goodly, sometimes wicked and often someplace in between. 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born 1980, Houston, TX

Lives and works in Austin, TX

Education

2003 

Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Illustration

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 

2017

Residual (with Teruko Nimura), ICOSA Collective Gallery, Austin, Tx

2014

Katy Horan: New Works, Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle, Wa

For the Sake of Being(s) (with Katherine Rutter), LeQuiVive Gallery, Oakland, Ca

2012

Keep Your Arms From Going Astray, Domy Books, Houston, Tx

2011

Bloom & Gloom (with Alexis Mackenzie), Swarm Gallery, Oakland, Ca

2010

Lady Monsters, Domy Books, Austin, TX

2008

In the Deep Dark..., Gallery Anno Domini, San Jose,CA

2006

Folkadelic, Paperboat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Folktales and Legends: An Exhibition Without Borders, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wi

2014

Goodly/Wicked: The Contemporary Austin Crit Group, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, Tx

February Group Exhibition, Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle, Wa

2013

The Singing Bone, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, Tx

MPath, Gallery [1], Texas State University, San Marcos, Tx

2011

Three Knocks, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

The Texas Biennial: an independent survey of contemporary Texas art, Austin, Tx

2010

The Dazzle, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

Hand Over Fist, VASF, San Francisco, CA

2009 

Winter Group Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco,CA

Little Crowns, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

Fata Morgana: the new female fantasists, Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008

Group Sects, Giant Robot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Tides of March, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY

Residencies/Awards

2015

The Hunting Art Prize, Finalist

2012

The Vermont Studio Center, Full Month Painting Residency and partial grant recipient, June

2011

Art Takes Miami, Design & Illustration category winner and grant recipient

Texas Biennial, Selected Artist

2010

K Space Contemporary, Selected Artist, Third Coast National

Arthouse at the Jones Center, Selected Artist, Studio Visit Program

2009

The Vermont Studio Center, Full Month Painting Residency, June

Rolf Contemporary Gallery, Artist Rep Services Grant

Bibliography

2017

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, Seal Press

2016

Dark Inspiration II, Victionary

2015

New American Paintings, No. 120

2011 

Drawn In, Quarry Books

2010

New American Paintings, No. 90

The Exquisite Book, Chronicle Books

2009

The Lifted Brow no. 6

2008

King Brown Magazine, Australia, March

Juxtapoz Magazine, March

2007

Cafe Royal, issue one

2006

Beasts!, Fantagraphics Books 

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