Kay Ritter

My paintings have evolved over the last twenty years from relatively traditional, carefully observed still life to include pieces that are more narrative in nature. During the first two decades of my career I created three-dimensional characters with a humorous aspect. Although I am no longer involved in that work, the playful quality has reemerged in my paintings and for me completes a circle.

As a painter, I feel most engaged when combining precisely rendered arrangements with invented additions, often birds, animals or people. Although I like to begin a story, it's important to leave some ambiguity so as to encourage the viewer to imagine where it might lead. Nothing pleases me more than watching this happen. It feels like a conversation in another language which in the end is what art is all about.

Education 

1968 - 1971

Rhode Island School of Design

Awards 

2018

First Place Painting, Newport Art Museum Annual Juried Members Show, Newport RI

2015

Honorable Mention, Newport Art Museum Annual Juried Members Show, Newport, RI

2011

The Everett Molinari Memorial Award, AAPL 83rd Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY

2003

Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 21st Annual Competition

2001

Third Place, Third Annual National Juried Exhibition, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Exhibitions 

Solo

2017

The Chapman Art Gallery, Cotuit, MA

2008

Mark Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

2005

Mark Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

2004

Mark Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

2003

Mark Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Gross MacCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group

2018

Insatiable, The Dunedin Fine Arts center, Dunedin, FL

2018

The Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA

2018

The Chapman Art Gallery, Cotuit, MA

2016

Still Life Lives: Rhode Island Perspectives, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

2009

Mark Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

2007

The William Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Publications and Press

Providence Journal, Getting an Eyeful at Newport Show, February, 2018

American Art Review, Still Life Lives: A Rhode Island Perspective, August, 2016

American Art Collector, Collecting Still Life, January, 2012

The Inspired Garden, Twenty Four Artists Share Their Vision, Nancy Paolino and Nance Trueworthy, Downeast Press, 2009

Contact Me

123-456-7890

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