Kimberly Engel Bio
Kimberly Engel is a contemporary abstract painter living in Clearwater, Florida. Her distinct gestural style combines a love for color interaction with spontaneous mark making. Engel’s paintings explore levels of transparency, evoking depth, and natural light. After a decade-long sojourn in a house overlooking Lake Erie in northern Ohio, followed by her 2011 move to the Gulf of Mexico, she is inspired above all by the constant presence and changing states of large bodies of water.
In 2002, she received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Over the past decade, she has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Engel’s work is in the permanent art collection of Capright Corporation in Chicago.
These paintings are created from a place of open spontaneity.
My process involves adding and rubbing out thin layers of paint to build upon an initial gesture. During the process, I see imagery revealed. Sometimes I render scenes or objects, other times I paint them out. It depends on the overall impact of the composition.
My focus is to be light and free while in the midst of painting. I do this by leaving parts of the initial gesture visible. The overall process is somewhat like trying to solve a puzzle without having a picture on the box to guide me.
The finished work is revealed when I can stop at any given interval of numerous painting sessions. This decision occurs when I shift from maker to viewer. When space, movement, and color interactions build through layering and erasure an object of contemplation that somehow conveys many things I think about and study.
My influences are a montage of personal and collective anxiety of current events, my own sensory impressions, and the influence of the landscape.