b. 1975, St Louis, MO
Katherine Bernhardt received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2000 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Recent solo exhibitions in 2017 include Concrete Jungle Jungle Love at Lever House Art Collection in New York, as well as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas, and the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum in Missouri. Bernhardt’s work was first noticed through her painted portraits of fashion models, caricatures of the outlandish ideals created in fashion and advertising culture. Inspired by the patterns of imported rugs, Dutch wax printing, African textiles, and emojis, her recent paintings are depictions of popular items grouped together in a seemingly random way, pulsating in a field of color. Computer screens, Nikes, and Sharpie markers exist in one painting, while watermelons, popsicles, surfers, and sharks populate another, each expressing the everyday familiarities of modern life. Bernhardt lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.