Kristen Holt Burckhartt
Kristen Holt Burckhartt received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 with an emphasis in figurative painting. She studied with Frank Piatek for one year and Tony Phillips for two years. These two men who headed the painting department at SAIC during her years, served as her mentors during this formative time. A painting done at that time called "Vicky" which spurred her senior show was called by Mr. Piatek as the best undergraduate work he had seen at the School.
Kristen began college as an English major and studied at USI and then Washington College in Maryland. Her background in poetry and short fiction informed her drawings and paintings when she switched to a painting major and transferred to the Art Institute, and continues to do so to this day. "Story" is ever present in her works.
Palette and brushstroke create mood and energy in Kristen's canvases. The varied use of a palette knife, which both smooths and cuts into the thick paint, enriches the texture in many of the works. A careful consideration of both positive and negative space finish the compositions.
Recent shows include: "When the Circus Came to Town," "Still Life, New Year," and "Cats and Birds Living Together." Kristen is a regular contributor to the Rumjahn Gallery.