Bio

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kelly Neidig attended Penn State University. She graduated with a B.A. in Integrative Arts combining fine art and landscape architecture. She currently lives and works in Portland, OR. Neidig mainly works with flashe paint on paper and canvas.

In 2009 Neidig was invited to show her work in the exhibition Representing Abstraction at the Museum of Northwest Art in WA. In 2012 she was selected to participate in the 10th NW Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum in WA. Kelly has received several awards and has her work in collection across the United States.  


Statement

Kelly Neidig is an artist who mainly works with paint. By applying abstraction, Neidig absorbs the tradition of remembrance as an act of meditation into daily practice.

Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Her works doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.


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BORN: 1979, Pittsburgh, PA

EDUCATION: 2001 Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
BA, Integrative Arts

EXHIBITIONS (* Solo Shows)

2018
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
Recycled Rain Project, Portland, OR

2016
Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA

2015
Sara Nightingale Gallery, “Reinventing the Helm,”, Water Mill, NY
Sara Nightingale Gallery, “Entitled”, Water Mill, NY
McKenzie and Cross, “Summer Group Show”, Washington, D.C.

2014
*East Side Commerce Center, “Solo Show”, Portland, OR
University of Portland, “Coal, Not in any Backyard”, Portland, OR

2013
Cascade Aids Project, Art Auction, Portland, OR
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
Stephanie Breitbard Fine Art, Mill Valley, CA

2012
Tacoma Art Museum, 10th NW Biennial, Tacoma, WA
Lake Eden Arts Festival, Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC

2011
SIM Gallery, Group Exhibition, Reykjavik, Iceland
Guardio Gallery, Portland, OR
Seattle Art Museum Rental Gallery, “Earth Matters”, Seattle, WA

2010
Seattle Art Museum Rental Gallery, “Introductions 2010”, Seattle, WA

2009
Museum of North West Art, “Representing Abstraction”, La Conner, WA Lucia Douglas Gallery, 10×10” Group Exhibit, Bellingham, WA
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2008
*Café Verite, Seattle, WA
*Tyson Gallery, Portland, OR
Howden Art, Oregon City, OR
L’une Gallery, Manzanita, OR

2007
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
Christoff Gallery, Seattle, WA
Brian Markie Gallery, Portland, OR

2006
*Montinore Estates, Dilly, OR
Art & The Environment Benefit, P.E.A.C., Portland, OR
*Moxie, Portland, OR
Portland Open Studios, Portland, OR

2005
Talisman Gallery, Portland, OR
Art & The Environment Benefit, P.E.A.C., Portland, OR

2004
Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003
*Boyce Thompson Gallery, Superior, AZ

COLLECTIONS
Novo Nordisk, Plainsboro, New Jersey
Westin Hotel, Dallas, Texas
General Hospital Acute Care, San Francisco, California
Columbia Towers Club, Seattle, Washington
Swedish Hospital, Mill Creek, Washington
Swedish Hospital, Redmond, Washington
U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar
Westin Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio

COMMISSIONS
2017 Aaron Draplin 2011 Katherine Sasaki
2010 Ann Garibaldi
Kristin Watkins
2009 Mural, Burien Arts, Burien, WA

AWARDS
2011 SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2010 Oregon Arts Commission, Fellowship
2009 Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts and Cultural Council