Artist and Designer Kathleen Werner
Kathleen Werner has immersed herself in many different aspects of the artistic realm. At 20 years old she designed and opened a boutique called Zen, featuring Asian art, meditation pieces and teas from all over the world. From customers' interest in the store's decor and art, she went on to designing living spaces and continued on to integrate landscape and commercial design. She also designed and owned a gallery for large scale modern art in Arizona featuring creative local talent.
Kathleen's interests eventually turned to a more architectural aesthetic. She completed a program at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. While there, she became interested in and inspired by the idea of creating interactive art, large pieces that could be both beautiful and useful. Concepts that could be an enhancement of landscaping or living areas while embracing true function.
Her initial project design Etazin, an interactive outdoor lounge chair and sculpture piece, is now a permanent installation at Taliesin West. The more recent Etazin Square incarnation has been added to the art collection at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Gainey Village. Kathleen and her designs have been featured in numerous websites and design magazines worldwide.
Currently living in the charming Upper West Side area of Manhattan, Kathleen holds a studio space in the Bronx where she is working on her current collections of large Ecliptic and Geotic series paintings.
Kathleen Werner Paintings Commentary-
In her new Ecliptic painting series, Kathleen Werner designs centered geometries by creating portals and subverting gravity. The Ecliptic series, filled with ancient symbolic undercurrents, uses up to four different types of symmetries to realize a unique visual interaction. By combining quadrilateral, reflective, diagonal and cyclical symmetries the paintings take on an interesting mix of organic and mechanical movement. This Ecliptic series will have you questioning conventional orientations and entering into vortex like configurations. These intricate and elegant paintings are not only done completely freehand but with compositions that require intense reflection at every step of the process.
In her Geotic collection, artist Kathleen Werner has captured a uniquely organic aesthetic with her one-of-a-kind aerial scapes. Proprietary techniques employed in the production of her large flowing canvases create a fluid look that gives life to the collection.
Werner demonstrates thick saturations and effective color congregations to achieve this distinctive imagery. With a strong background in sculpture and design, Werner explains that this series of paintings is born from a personal desire to honor nature and replicate the organic processes that are responsible for so much of the beauty in the world.
The impression at first seeing these pieces is the amazing substantiality, not only in size but in depth and texture. Finding formations, rivers, forests and storms, some pieces even feel as though you are peering into the center of an agate or watching the flow of molten rock in the Earth's innermost layers.
Working out of her studio in New York, Werner is keenly dedicated to the perfection and continuation of her techniques and helping to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the natural beauty in the world.