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Kristen Vails

405.642.0318

2228 NW 15th, Oklahoma City, OK

kristenvails@mac.com

EDUCATION The University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, 2002 – 2006 Completed: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting Minor – Art History SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2011: 2011: 2010: 2009: 2009: 2008: 2007:

Forms of the Equine, Nault Fine Art, Oklahoma City, OK Brass Bell Studios, Oklahoma City, OK With Feet that Iron Never Shod, Leslie Powell Gallery & Foundation, Lawton, OK Unscarred by Spur or Rod, East Gallery, Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK The Horse/Man Condition, TAC Gallery, Tulsa, OK Kristen Vails, Scribner’s Gallery, Enid, OK Relation, Redlands Community College Fine Arts Gallery, El Reno, OK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2011: Symphony Showhouse, Oklahoma City, OK 2011: Momentum, Oklahoma City, OK 2010: Small Works, JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK 2010: 12 x 12, Oklahoma City, OK 2010: Momentum, Oklahoma City, OK 2009: Fall Perspective, Lovett’s Gallery, Tulsa, OK 2009: Momentum, Oklahoma City, OK 2009: Red Dot, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK 2009: 12 x 12, OVAC, Oklahoma City, OK 2009: Small Works, JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK 2008: Brandi Twilley + Kristen Vails, 611 Creative, Oklahoma City, OK 2008: Oklahoma Friendly National Juried Exhibition, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK 2008: Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, Oklahoma City, OK 2007: Group Exhibition, Shevaun Williams Studio, Norman, OK 2007: Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, Oklahoma City, OK 2006: Emergent Artists, Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, OK 2006: Tibetan Merhorse, Firehouse Art Center Gallery, Norman, OK 2006: OU School of Art Capstone Exhibition, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma 2006: 92nd Annual OU Student Art Exhibition, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK 2006: The Arts Thing, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 2003-2006: Represented in Student Art Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 2005: Multiple Visions, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 2005: Bronzing Rebel Salon, Norman, OK 2004: Lightwell Gallery, Norman, OK 2003: Foundations, Gingko Tree Studio, Norman, OK continued


resume continued PUBLICATIONS “Fall Perspective,” Western Art Collector Oct. 2009:123 Eikner, Barbara L. “Lovetts Makes the Art World Go Round” ArtFocus Oklahoma Vol 24 No 5 Sept/Oct 2009: 21 Brandenburg, John “Images of Horses Evoke Powerful Feelings” The Daily Oklahoman April 26, 2009 Wall, Holly. “Horseplay: The New Year brings exhibit exploring the human condition” Urban Tulsa Weekly Dec. 31 2009 “Mainsite show features pieces that give eyes a workout” Pop Dec 13 2006 “Tibetan Merhorse Visits Firehouse” The Norman Transcript Aug 26 2006 Brandenburg, John “OU Student Art Recommended for Viewing” The Daily Oklahoman Apr 7 2006 AWARDS & HONORS 2009: “40 Under 40”, OKC Biz Magazine 2008: 1st Place, Wild Open Spaces, Oklahoma Friendly National Juried Exhibition 2007: Anonymous Award of Merit, Momentum 2006: Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Award: Body of work, 92nd Annual OU Student Art Exhibition 2006: Visual Arts Student Association, University of Oklahoma -Secretary 2005: Visual Arts Student Association, University of Oklahoma EXPERIENCE 2009: Leadership Arts Class II 2006-2008: Instructor, Norman Firehouse Art Center 2006-Present: Member of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 2006-2008: Gallery Coordinator, Norman Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK 2006: Art Instructor, Shiloh Summer Camp for inner-city youth 2005: Volunteer, Norman Firehouse Art Center 2005: Summer in Santa Fe: Museum and Gallery Experience 2005: Young Choreographers Showcase, 3 night performance piece in collaboration with artist Tricia Lay and choreographers Kalin Murrow and Kristin Dubois 2005: Summer Internship with Norman Firehouse Art Center 2004: Summer in Santa Fe: Santa Fe Painting 2004-2006: Member of Visual Arts Student Association 2004-2006: Employee of University of Oklahoma Student Art Gallery


Kristen Vails

405.642.0318

2228 NW 15th, Oklahoma City, OK

kristenvails@mac.com

Artist Statement Using the horse as a vehicle for expression, my work captures the spiritual aspects in nature that relate with the human condition. While the concept of the human condition may be considered tired, I embrace our innate desire to understand our existence. I find it beautiful and ironic that our complexities are all so similar. I find that painting the horse in various natural instances can carry a different meaning when human emotions are conveyed. For the viewer, I strive to portray that these creatures are able to go beyond the sole purpose of their base need for survival and can begin to consider the intricacy of their place in this world. Through layers of latex, acrylic, and charcoal I hope to capture the movements of the horses, letting them fade in and out to create an element of time and a sense of mystery. Sketched lines remain in these layers, as in our lives the past remains important to our futures, while areas of the image disappear mysteriously into the background creating an urgent tension to grasp the image in its entirety. Although my vehicle of expression duals with self-examination, I believe the viewer can relate the horse with their own conditions through my conception of beauty. Biography Growing up, Kristen Vails had a deep appreciation and passion for the horse, and finally became a horse owner as a young adult. Those formative years were spent on horseback and in nature of the Oklahoma landscape. Her interest in art landed her at the University of Oklahoma studying painting, and she recieved her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2006. Though her riding time was limited during her studies, she reconnected with the horse through paint. Currently, her work has been exhibited throughout the state Oklahoma, including major galleries such as Mainsite Contemporary Art, Leslie Powell Gallery, Tulsa Artists Coalition, Lovett’s Gallery, and a solo exhibition at the Oklahoma State Capitol. With her work having been represented so successfully throughout the state, she is now focusing on moving her work out of Oklahoma.


“To Take the Plunge” 5’ x 4’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2006


“Until I Resigned” 5’ x 5’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2006


“Then” 5’ x 5’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2006


“With Power” 5’ x 7’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2006


“For Fear” 24’’ x 36’ Acrylic and Latex on canvas 2011


“Into White” 24’’ x 24’’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2011


“Be Firm” 36” x 36’’ Acrylic and Latex on canvas 2010


“Stirring” 4’ x 5’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2009


“Flee Again” 4’ x 5’ Acrylic and Latex on canvas 2009


“Rival” 24’’ x 24’’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2011


“Tread” 5’ x 5’ Acrylic, latex, charcoal on canvas 2006


“Absent” 4’ x 5’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2008


“Behind” 6’ x 6’ Mixed media on canvas 2005


“Portrait” 12’’ x 10’’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2007


“Move Aside” 4’ x 5’ Acrylic and latex on canvas 2010

Kristen Vails Art Portfolio  

Portfolio of Kristen Vails paintings, examples from 2006-present.

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