Katy Kuhn is a Bay Area native, a third generation Californian and has lived in Marin for over 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and studied printmaking at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She has been integrating those skills into her painting composition. She has exhibited actively for the last sixteen years in solo and group shows and frequently participates in juried exhibitions. In October 2021, she will be attending an art residency at Arquetopia International, Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work can be found in numerous private collections.
As a mid-career artist, Kuhn has developed her own recognizable style. Her inspirational sources encompass deep feelings of connectivity, vulnerability, spontaneity, and joy. Her travels to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean have enriched her creative process resulting in enigmatic and provocative work. She draws influences from many contemporary artists, including Joan Mitchell, Ramono Lotto, Robert Kingston, Hyunmee Lee, and Krista Harris—all she references as “artists with an energetic truth and sensibility about their work.” Today, Kuhn continues to work towards creating art with a focus on beauty, energy, and her own truth, reflecting her inner passion for life and adventure.
Kuhn has served on the Mill Valley Art Commission; created the Mill Valley “Click Off” annual photography contest; and curated numerous group exhibits at the ICB. She has been a juror for the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, The Mill Valley Awards, and chaired the 44th Annual ICB Winter Open Studios featuring over 100 artists. She continues to be active in the community, and support fund-raising efforts at Art for AIDS, Lymelight Foundation, and a variety of schools and local organizations.
I am an abstract artist and am constantly inspired by both the natural and man-made environments where we exist as humans: the beauty and the chaos, the harmony and the dissonance. I strive to make images that are imbued with a dual masculine and feminine sensibility, to create a visual push-pull and to play with a sense of both movement and stillness. I paint in the abstract expression genre because I’m able to work spontaneously, relying on process rather than formula. I like to create work that explores the essence of something beyond our rational knowing—something mysterious yet relatable. In these paintings, as in all my artwork, I hope to create conversations and wonderment. It is paint after all—the fact that its application onto a single surface can reach the deepest part of our psyches is nothing short of a miracle. For me, art makes manifest the deep mysteries of the individual soul.