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. 

Carrie in her studio in St. Pete, FL.  For more images, follow her work on  Facebook  &  Instagram

Carrie in her studio in St. Pete, FL.

For more images, follow her work on Facebook & Instagram

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Pearl in the studio

Photo by Laurie Ross.

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EDUCATION

2014      BFA, STUDIO ART, with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing, OHIO UNIVERSITY

 

AWARDS

2015    BEST OF SHOW, SEVENTH ALL-MEDIA JURIED BIENNIAL, ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER, HOLLYWOOD, FL

           BEST OF SHOW, OSEOLA ARTS ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION, KISSIMMEE, FL 

           BEST OF SHOW, DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER'S ANNUAL MEMBER AND STUDENT SHOW, DUNEDIN, FL

2014    EXCELLENCE IN ART, UNDERGRADUATE JURIED EXHIBITIONS, OHIO UNIVERSITY, ATHENS, OH

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016     ASI, THE SUN STILL RISES, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

2015    GALLERY 1356, THE SUN STILL RISES, CLEARWATER, FL

2014     MAJESTIC GALLERIES, DRIFTED, NELSONVILLE, OH

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 MIZE GALLERY, ICONS LGBTQ+ PORTRAITS, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

2018 MAHAFFEY THEATER, INCEPTION OF CREATION, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

2017   THE FRANK ART GALLERY, WHAT'S WONDERFUL, PEMBROKE PINES, FL

2016   MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, THE EXQUISITE CORPSES, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

           MOREAN ARTS CENTER, 98TH ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

           GALLERIA MISTO, DYNAMISM, BELLEAIR, FL

           WINE & BREW, FACING DECONSRUCTION, DUNEDIN FL

2015    DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER, MIGHTY, MIGHTY, DUNEDIN, FL

            MOREAN ARTS CENTER, 97TH ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

            GALLERY 1356, NEW WORKS, CLEARWATER, FL

           DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER, ANNUAL MEMBER & STUDENT EXHIBITION, DUNEDIN, FL

2014    TRISOLINI GALLERY, IN THE SAME SENSE, ATHENS, OH

           KENNEDY MUSEUM OF ART, CONFRONTATION/DEVIATION, ATHENS,OH

          

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

 2019 GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, TAMPA, FL

2016   CENTRAL REFORMED CHURCH, ARTPRIZE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

          DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER, HEADS UP, DUNEDIN, FL

2015  ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER, SEVENTH ALL-MEDIA JURIED BIENNIAL, HOLLYWOOD, FL

         OSCEOLA ARTS CENTER, ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW, KISSIMMEE, FL

         MOREAN ARTS CENTER, ALL-FLORIDA JURIED EXHIBITION, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

2014  SEIGFRED GALLERY, UNDERGRADUATE JURIED EXHIBITION, ATHENS, OH

2013  SEIGFRED GALLERY, UNDERGRADUATE JURIED EXHIBITION, ATHENS,OH

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015   BELLEAIR LIVING, (FRONT COVER)RIVE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

          TAMPA BAY MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER ISSUE

          duPONT REGISTRY: A BUYERS GALLERY OF FINE HOMES, 20TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

          NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSLETTER, APRIL EDITION

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Smith's paintings can be found in numerous private collections in Florida, Ohio, California and London.