• CV

    Education

    University of California, Berkeley Fall 2012 - Spring 2015

    B.A. in Practice of Art, B.A. in English. G.P.A. 3.66

    Solo/Duo Exhibitions

    2019 - “Kathleen Yarnold x Natsu Ogata,” CLOUDS ART + COFFEE, Koenji, Tokyo, Japan. (Duo)

    2018 - “Quickies with Friends,” Titans, Otsuka, Tokyo, Japan. (Solo)

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2019 - “Transitions,” ICA Space, Higashi-Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan.
    2019 - “Hello, World!” Garage Kagurazaka, Kagurazaka, Tokyo, Japan.
    2018 - “Backstage” Garage Kagurazaka, Kagurazaka, Tokyo, Japan.
    2017 - “A Love Letter to...,” Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

    2017 - “Moonlight Masquerade,” Aoyama Moon Romantic, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

    2016 - “JET Artist Showcase,” Ruby Room, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
    2015 - “Art Warriors,” Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA.
    2014 - “Inhabiting Blurred Divides”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2014 - “Dia de Los Muertos”, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley, CA.
    2014 - “The Self”, Art School X, UC Berkeley, CA.
    2014 - “Trap x Art”, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA.
    2014 - “Bridging the Arts”, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA. 2013 - “Kalassal”, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA.

    Curatorial Projects

    2019 - “Transitions,” ICA Space, Higashi-Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan.
    2018 - “Christmas Art Market,” Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

    2018 - “Backstage,” Garage Kagurazaka, Kagurazaka, Tokyo, Japan.
    2017 - “A Love Letter to...,” Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

    2017 - “My Happy Place,” 2nd Half, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.
    2014 - “Inhabiting Blurred Divides”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

    Awards/Grants

    2018 - Clouds Fine Arts Competition 2nd Place Prize, CLOUDS ART + COFFEE
    2015 - Lauren Krikorian Award for Creativity and Community, UC Berkeley Art Department

    2015 - Award for Excellence in Painting, UC Berkeley Art Department
    2015 - Award for Excellence in Art Education, UC Berkeley Art Department
    2014 - Young Curatorial Grant, Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art

    Teaching Experience

    Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, September 2019 - Present

    Fine Arts Coordinator - San Francisco, CA

     

    JET Programme, August 2015 - August 2019

    English Instructor - Tokyo, Japan

     

    Welcome Tokyo, April 2015 - May 2016

    Painting Workshop Lecturer and Organizer - Tokyo, Japan

     

    Camp Galileo, Summer 2015

    Lead Art Instructor - Tiburon, CA

     

    Bridging the Arts ,Spring 2013 – Spring 2015

    Art Instructor for 4th/5th grade and special education

    Program Coordination Assistant

    - Coronado Elementary School Richmond, CA

    - Helms Middle School San Pablo, CA

    - Hoover Elementary School Oakland, CA

     

    Cal C.R.E.A.T.E., Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

    Art Instructor for kindergarten and 6th/7th grade

    - Le Conte Elementary School Berkeley, CA

    - Willard Middle School Berkeley, CA

  • About

    Biography

    Kathleen “Katie” Yarnold is an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She studied studio art with a focus on art education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a figurative and portrait artist who often paints images of her friends, family, and loved ones. Each portrait she creates tells the story of its subject.


     

    Artist Statement

    My representational portraits and figure paintings explore questions of belonging, intersectional identity and visibility. In slightly surreal oil paintings characterized by vivid, true-to-life colors and motifs of liminal spaces, I mimic the photographic technique of double exposure. The human figure is superimposed against images of nature and exposed wood grain. This reflects how different aspects of one’s identity overlap and intertwine in a way that often leaves us feeling exposed. The subjects of my paintings, varied in age, race and gender, are all individuals who experience hyper-visibility. Constantly subject to the gaze of others due to an aspect of their identity, they are set apart from those around them. In my paintings, the subject often subverts this gaze by staring at the viewer, imploring observers to meet their stare and see them as they truly are.

     

    Each painting is the result of a multi-step process. After a spontaneous moment of connection with my subject, I attempt to portray what I saw in them. I begin by interviewing the individual and taking reference photos of them in their work or living spaces. Once I’ve gathered visual and background information, I spend time sketching while considering which natural elements I will feature in their portrait. In some cases, I incorporate locations that are important to the subject. Other times, I choose imagined landscapes that are reflective of the inner world of the individual. Once I’ve compiled background material, photographs, notes and preliminary sketches, I finally begin the weeks long process of painting a very detailed and realistic portrait of my subject. I endeavor to express not only their outward appearance but also their personal narrative, joys and challenges.

  • Contact

    Open for commissions, workshops, and events.