Kathy Halper is a self-taught Chicago based artist whose work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago galleries, as well as countless museum and gallery exhibits. She has exhibited at Art Basel Miami and been written about in Huffington Post, art magazines and blogs all over the world.
At the beginning of the social media revolution, Halper questioned issues of privacy and parenting through embroidered drawings based on found photos of teen behavior. This series garnered Halper international attention.
Increasingly drawn to the honesty found in Outsider Art, she integrates from both traditional painting and craft and found objects to create a range of work from political narratives to bas relief family stories.
Her current paintings are her most personal yet, showcasing her sharp humor and creative exploration. “Anti-Social Life” began as a response to the extreme solitary existence of the pandemic. It continues to draw attention to ordinary life and Halper’s propensity for isolation. Glitter and embroidery thread inject drama into stories where there is none. Her dog appears as muse/witness. 3D elements and warped perspectives create tension and lure the viewer into her unique worldview.
The artist lives in Evanston, IL with her husband, dog, and any visiting children.