CARRIE KILGORE (b. 1991, Clearwater, Florida) lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida. She graduated with a BFA from Ohio University in 2014, with a focus in Painting and Drawing. Her signature large-scale oil portraits were influenced by Kehinde Wiley and Chuck Close.
Carrie creates oil portraits of other iconic artists that have positively impacted her life and studio practice. Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Richards and Lady Gaga are just a few of the artists that Carrie has painted. Her goal is to capture the essence of the individual. “I always start a painting with the eyes. Once they’re sunken into the canvas, you immediately begin to see and understand that person for who they are. And then I build out from there, and start piecing the face together. It’s a beautiful process to watch as a person comes to life on canvas.”
Carrie’s work has been collected nationally and internationally.
Her upcoming exhibit is in New York this September at the American Gold Cup Equestrian show.
The Art of Carrie Kilgore
Carrie’s portrait paintings reflect the admiration she has for other artists. To name a few: Chuck Close, Yayoi Kusama, Kehinde Wiley and Keith Richards have all influenced Carrie’s life in some way.
This body of work incorporates a new style, a transformation, from Carrie’s earlier work. She combines traditional portraiture with a contemporary twist. As each artist has a unique way of influencing Carrie, she pieces his or her face together to capture the essence of the individual.
As every painting is one of a kind, Carrie finds her favorite feature in each piece and incorporates that into the next painting, tying them all together. Every color is symbolic, and each section of the face, which is concealed, is intentional.
Pearl in the studio
Photo by Laurie Ross.