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Kelly Reemtsen


Kelly Reemtsen At first glance, Kelly Reemtsen’s paintings could be described as anything but sinister. Close up views of bright, vintage dresses against impasto white backgrounds, these figures stand for cheerful personifications of an iconic sense of femininity nostalgic of the 1950s. This impression, however, is not the entire story of Reemtsen’s work. All of her women are anonymous, often headless, embodiments of both the beautiful and the ominous. Most of her figures either fall helplessly through a blank and seemingly endless atmosphere or stand at attention holding “masculine” objects, such as axes, chainsaws or hoses, which hold both violent and domestic connotations. The contrast between these objects and what is expected of the ladies who hold them is chilling. Pills are also objects of interest for Reemtsen – again, everyday objects that may hold a darker meaning, and yet are glamorized by the artist’s attentive treatment of their rich colors and unique surfaces. Reemtsen’s work then, is composed entirely of contradictions, which make her characters, though faceless and anonymous, extremely compelling women. Kelly Reemtsen studied Fashion Design, an area that clearly resonates in her work today, as well as painting at Central Michigan University and California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in many collections including the corporate collections of 20th Century Fox (Los Angeles) and Bon Appetite (San Francisco). She was most recently an Artist in Residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio in Italy.

De Buck Gallery is proud to present works by Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Reemtsen. The works presented in the following pages were included in her exhibition, America’s Sweetheart, on view at the gallery November 7 – December 21, 2013.

Cover artwork Charismatic, 2013 oil on panel 44 x 44 inches 112 x 112 cm


On a Short Leash, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm

Water Works, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm


Gripping, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 30 inches 76 x 76 cm

Sweet Side, 2013 oil on panel 44 x 44 inches 112 x 112 cm


Neat Freak, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm

Pill Pile, 2011 resin and auto paint installation dimensions variable


Throw In the Towel, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 30 inches 76 x 76 cm

I’m Open To It, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 30 inches 76 x 76 cm


Slipped, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 60 inches 76 x 152 cm


Aqua Xanax, 2011 resin and auto paint 2 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches 6 x 18 x 3 cm Edition of 10

Purple Xanax, 2011 resin and auto paint 2 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches 6 x 18 x 3 cm Edition of 10

Green Xanax, 2011 resin and auto paint 2 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches 6 x 18 x 3 cm Edition of 10

Ship Shape, 2013 oil on panel 72 x 48 inches 183 x 122 cm


Head Over Heels, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 35 inches 76 x 89 cm


Clipped, 2013 oil on panel 30 x 30 inches 76 x 76 cm

Sweet Nothings, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm


Good Girl, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm

Splitting Hairs, 2012 13 color woodcut 40 x 40 inches 100 x 100 cm Edition of 10


You Wouldn’t, 2012 13 color woodcut 40 x 40 inches 100 x 100 cm Edition of 10

Rx, 2009 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm


Pink and White Caplet, 2011 resin and auto paint 2 1/2 x 8 x 2 1/2 inches 6 x 20 x 6 cm Edition of 10

Aspirin, 2011 resin and auto paint 4 x 4 x 1 inches 10 x 10 x 3 cm Edition of 10

Orange Stripe Capsule, 2011 resin and auto paint 7 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches 18 x 6 x 6 cm Edition of 10

Blue Valium, 2011 resin and auto paint 4 x 4 x 1 inches 10 x 10 x 3 cm Edition of 10

Green Gel Cap, 2011 resin and auto paint 3 x 6 x 3 inches 8 x 15 x 8 cm Edition of 10

Yellow Prozac, 2011 resin and auto paint 5 x 5 x 1 1/2 inches 13 x 13 x 4 cm Edition of 10


Spot On, 2013 oil on panel 44 x 44 inches 112 x 112 cm

Here Comes Trouble, 2013 oil on panel 36 x 36 inches 91 x 91 cm


Chainsaw Study, 2013 pastel on paper 26 x 30 inches 66 x 76 cm

Stripe Study, 2013 pastel on paper 26 x 30 inches 66 x 76 cm


Axe Study, 2013 pastel on paper 23 x 35 inches 58 x 89 cm


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Kelly Reemtsen: America's Sweetheart