Photo by Bonnie Berry Photography

Photo by Bonnie Berry Photography









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 the highly anticipated book Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers (Oct 10 2017, Seal/Hachette)

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


My work examines female roles and representation found throughout history and mythology. I pull from a variety of sources, using mixed references and visual fragments to construct new versions of recurring figures and 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.

My process begins with research and study. 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 create paintings, illustrations and drawings. This process allows me to explore an array of interests that range from Victorian spinsterhood to classic ghost stories and the archetypal witch figure. Most recently, my research has focused on folk superstitions and witch tales from the Ozark and Appalachian regions.


Born 1980, Houston, TX

Lives and works in Austin, TX



Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Illustration

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 


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

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

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


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


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


Lady Monsters, Domy Books, Austin, TX


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


Folkadelic, Paperboat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions


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

February Group Exhibition, Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle, Wa


The Singing Bone, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, Tx

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

The Grayduck 5K, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, Tx


Three Knocks, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

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


Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christie, TX

The Dazzle, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

Hand Over Fist, VASF, San Francisco, CA


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

Little Crowns, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

The Monster Show, Domy Books, Austin, TX

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


The Little Paper Planes Group Show, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Sects, Giant Robot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Kaleidoscope, Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

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


All Star Hustlaz III, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The New Witch, Paper Boat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Look Behind you, Giant Robot New York, New York, NY



The Hunting Art Prize, Finalist


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


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

Texas Biennial, Selected Artist


K Space Contemporary, Selected Artist, Third Coast National

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


The Vermont Studio Center, Full Month Painting Residency, June

Rolf Contemporary Gallery, Artist Rep Services Grant



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


Dark Inspiration II, Victionary


New American Paintings, No. 120


Drawn In, Quarry Books


New American Paintings, No. 90

The Exquisite Book, Chronicle Books


Le Monde Diplomatique, German edition, Sept

The Lifted Brow no. 6


King Brown Magazine, Australia, March

Juxtapoz Magazine, March


Cafe Royal, issue one


Beasts!, Fantagraphics Books