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b. 1975, United Kingdom

Kirsten Glass Biography

Kirsten Glass is a British artist known for her use of geometric patterns and unconventional materials such as sand and glitter in paintings and collages that engage the senses.

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Kirsten Glass' early works from the mid-1990s make use of stencils, with recurring motifs that include animals, snowflakes, and human figures. In works such as Cows (1995) and Moose, Building (1995), Glass applies the stencil to the wall or arranges small canvases into larger forms, foreshadowing her later wall-based, variously shaped collages. Her exploration of the material qualities of painting can also be seen in her incorporation of sand into the paintings Animals and Horses (both 1996), where the silhouettes of animals take on an almost sculptural quality.

Text also appears in Kirsten Glass' paintings of the 1990s, from which two main strands of textures can be identified: random names, among them Karen Carson and Alex (both 1998), repeat and intersect in her sand and acrylic paintings, while other works feature flat surfaces. This latter group of paintings offer an expanse of a single colour above a white space with text, evoking Pantone colour charts. Instead of the colours' names, however, the artist's texts are lifted from contemporary songs such as Good Good Good like Brigitte Bardot (1998) from The Pretenders' 1981 Message of Love.

The female figure is another significant motif in Kirsten Glass' work, which began as cut-outs of models from magazines. These images were reproduced as paintings on canvas almost invariably against a black background (Total Block, 2000), or put together into assemblages on the wall (Pilot collage, 2001). In her 'This Is a Vampire Story' era (2006–2011), Glass focused on single portraits of women, recreating images of models to imbue them with what she described as 'a more complex subjectivity' in her 2014 interview with The Saatchi Gallery Magazine.

Kirsten Glass has increasingly employed the Flower of Life in her paintings, exploring the possibilities of geometric forms suggested by the symbol. Her discovery of the pattern traces back to 2012, when she traced the shadows of her friends onto canvas—inspired by the story of the Corinthian Maid who inscribes her lover's shadow on the wall before his departure as a memento—and used a compass to draw circles over them as a means of partially covering them. In the resulting 'Visitors' series, the human figures are nearly invisible behind the Flowers of Life (Visitors [Sarah], 2014) or emerge in stark contrast against the dark (Visitors [Angela, Liz, Chloe], 2013).

Kirsten Glass continues to expand the Flower of Life motif while retaining figurative elements in her work. In Swimming Witches (2014)—a tall vertically oriented painting—the artist emphasises the curves of the Flowers of Life to suggest the undulating lines of waves. Using dots to delineate the curves evoke constellations, such as in Cave Painting (2012) or Lantern (2019–2020).

Glass currently lives and works in London.

Kirsten Glass solo exhibitions include:

Light Trance Works, Karsten Schubert London (2020); Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, Cock 'n' Bull Gallery, London (2014); A Spritz of Absinthe, xero, kline & coma, London (2012); The Body in the Library, V22 Ashwin Street, London (2007).

Kirsten Glass group exhibitions include:

Charlie Dutton Gallery, Beijing (2016); Lion and Lamb, Miami (2013); studio 1.1, London (2013).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

Kirsten Glass Featured Artworks

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Vesica by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kirsten GlassVesica, 2017Oil paint, acrylic and embroidery thread on canvas
260 x 173 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Species, Soft Knife by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Kirsten GlassSpecies, Soft Knife, 2018Oil paint, acrylic and wax pencil on canvas
195 x 160 cm
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Karsten Schubert London
Kittens by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Kirsten GlassKittens, 2017Oil paint and wax pencil on canvas
274 x 183 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Purple Chooser (Jupiter) by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Kirsten GlassPurple Chooser (Jupiter), 2020Oil paint, glitter and embroidery thread on canvas
240 x 190 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
En Route by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, drawing
Kirsten GlassEn Route, 2018Oil paint, wax pencil and embroidery thread on canvas
240 x 190 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Come Through by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting
Kirsten GlassCome Through, 2010Oil paint and rabbit skin glue on linen
70 x 60 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Arrivals by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting
Kirsten GlassArrivals, 2020Oil paint and acrylic, sand and glitter on canvas (triptych)
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Visitor by Kirsten Glass contemporary artwork painting
Kirsten GlassVisitor, 2020Oil paint, glitter and sand on canvas
162 x 130 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery

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