BIO & CV

BIO

Kristen Abbott is an intuitive, mixed media painter living in Boulder, CO. She is known for her use of texture and layering to create history and a sense of story in her work. 

 

She enjoys making marks with unconventional tools such as brooms, scrapers, and kitchen utensils. Her process is visceral, guided by emotion as well as a naturally perceptive eye for composition and design.

 

Because our lives are loud, Kristen wants her work to feel like a small pause. A deep breath. Not one more thing adding to the noise, but a reminder to slow and notice the depth and interest in quiet moments. Beauty may very well be dazzling. But it also can be still and small—just a hint at what is to come. 

 

Kristen’s work can be found in both private and corporate collections across the US (as well as private collections in Italy and England). She was recently awarded a Denis Diderot Grant and will be traveling to France as an Artist-in-Residence in the coming year. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The Shattering/The Becoming Collection

 

I believe each person has a true self that tends to get covered up through the years as we put on garments and hardened armor to protect our tenderness, to keep us “safe”. But while those protective coverings may serve us for awhile, they eventually become too constricting and they start to come apart whenever we encounter intense life events. The shroud falls away when we are ready to show up fully, embracing the Beauty in our vulnerabilities. This body of work seeks to embody the tenderness and softness that is revealed when we shed the layers that have come to veil our truest essence. 

Read The Shattering/The Becoming poem here.

Curriculum Vitae

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

 

 

Kaiser Permanente Regional Offices

Denver, CO

Baptist Health Medical Hospital

Commissioned collection

of 18 paintings, Conway, AR

Arkansas Children's Hospital 

Little Rock

 

Baker Eye Institute

Conway, AR

Platte Valley Medical Center

Commissioned collection of 28 paintings, Brighton, CO

Centennial Resource Development

Denver, CO

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2021

Inside Her Studio--

pop up gallery show in Denver

 

2019

Makers & Mystics juried show

Denver, CO

Bluprint online workshop instructor: abstract paintings in oil and wax 

Guest House featured artist

2018

Healing Arts solo exhibition at Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO 

 

"Be Inspired" pop-up show with Herman Miller, Denver, CO

 

Guest House shoppable home in RiNo Arts District, Denver, CO
 

Framed Image juried show,

Denver, CO


"Chasing 360" at

Curtis Center for the Arts,

Greenwood Village, CO

 

 

2017

Solo exhibition, Hotel Teatro, Denver, CO
 

Group exhibition, Room and Board, Denver, CO

 

 

2016

Group exhibition, Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, CO

 

 

2015

Featured Artist for Artrageous Festival, Poppy Arts, Columbia, MO
 

Group exhibition, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO

 

2013

Solo exhibition, Artreach Gallery, Germantown, TN
 

Group exhibition, Art on the Green Gallery, Conway, AR
 

Starbucks Coffee, Conway, AR, site specific installation

 

2012 

Featured artist, HRH Collectives Gallery, Tulsa, OK

 

2011

 

Group exhibition, Your Design, Broken Arrow, OK
 

Public art installation, downtown Broken Arrow, OK

PRIVATE

COLLECTIONS

 

 

ARKANSAS

Conway

Eureka Springs

Greenbrier

Greenwood

Russellville

 

CALIFORNIA

Anaheim

 

COLORADO

Denver

 

ILLINOIS

Bowen

 

KANSAS

Liberal

Kansas City

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

North Reading

 

MISSOURI

Columbia

Saint Joseph

Saint Louis

 

NEW YORK

Long Island City

New York 

Pine Plains

 

OKLAHOMA

Broken Arrow

Tulsa

 

OHIO

Dayton

OREGON

Bend

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Lancaster

 

TENNESSEE

Brentwood

Collierville

Memphis

Nashville

 

TEXAS

Dallas

Fort Davis

Katy

Round Rock

 

REPRESENTATION

 

2021

Liz Lidgett Gallery,

Des Moines, IA

Kowen Gallery,

Westminster, CO

Buckhead Art & Company, Atlanta, GA

2020

Buckhead Art & Company, Atlanta, GA

2019

Buckhead Art & Company,

Atlanta, GA

Guest House,

Denver, CO

 

Bluprint

 

2018

Buckhead Art & Company, Atlanta, GA
 

Art on the Green Gallery, Conway, AR
 

Guest House, Denver, CO

2016

LewisGraham Art Consultants, Denver, CO
 

Art on the Green Gallery, Conway, AR

 

2015

Poppy Arts, Columbia, MO

 

2014

Plume, Columbia, MO

 

2012-2018

Art on the Green Gallery, Conway, AR

 

2012

Little Black Dress Boutique, Tulsa, OK
 

HRH Collectives, Tulsa, OK

 

2011

Anything and Everything Design, Conway, AR

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