Kathy Halper became an artist after writing snappy headlines for skin lotion when it became obvious corporate life would not be good for her mental health. Throughout her art career, she has challenged herself by exploring different mediums, techniques and concepts.
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 this generational conflict 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.
Halper continues to create textile work on a limited basis, but her passion lies in paintings that have become even more personal, showcasing her sharp humor, creative exploration, storytelling skills and love of her dog Fiona. In the past few years, she has created political narratives through oil on board, cardboard 3D paintings that explore family history, contemporary folk art paintings and most recently, mixed media depicting the wonders of ordinary life.
The artist lives in Evanston, IL with her husband and any visiting children.