Kathy Halper became an artist at 35 after a career as an advertising writer. Over the years, she has explored many different mediums and themes in her quest to define herself as an artist. Recently coming to the conclusion that for her, the artist isn’t defined by the choice of medium or theme at all. The artist is defined simply by the need to make art.
While raising teenagers at the onset of the social media revolution, she became fascinated by found online photos of teens at play and began a series exploring privacy and parenting in the age of public posting. This led to a series of embroidered drawings and portraits on the theme and saw this work being represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, George Billis Gallery in LA and Muriel Guepin in New York City as well as countless museum and gallery exhibits. Her work has been shown in Art Basel Miami and has been written about in Huffington Post, art magazines and blogs all over the world.
While Halper will occasionally return to textile work, her work has become even more personal, showcasing her sharp humor, creative exploration and storytelling skills. In the past few years, she has created political narratives through oil on board, cardboard 3D paintings that tell stories of her life and most recently, medium sized folk inspired paintings based on personal travel.
The artist lives in Evanston, IL.