© COPYRIGHT 2016 Rebecca Klementovich

Bio /Contact -klementovich111@gmail.com 603-401-4399

The Kurt Vonnegut like Artist Statement

It is true I weigh 104lbs, less than most trees on Mount Washington, which I paint. Painting the 6,288 foot mountain in and around is an enormous process. I love the smuchy feel of paint dragging on the canvas. Painting is a lot like the tactile enjoyment of putting frosting on a hot cake-delicious.

Why paint on the top of Mount Washington? The study of massive wind, loss of horizon lines by fast moving weather patterns, and the observation of generous diagonal lines that the mountain tops produce are intoxicating. Somedays when the clouds are at the same level that you are, you are literally painting in clouds, making it a rather wet painting adventure. The mountain studio floor is made of thousands of tons of granite. I must add that painting beyond the white gallery walls is essential in producing paintings that feel alive. Lately, I have realized that weather and abstract work are bedfellows due to them both erase details of leaves and the edges of landscapes.

There is a small thrill, I admit in the State motto of New Hampshire, “Live Free or Die”. To some degree it gives me permission to expand my color palette in representing the mountains, to paint beyond green, brown, and blue skies, to go deeper, to see the layers. The visual state treasure, the alpine glow on the mountain ranges shows the complexity of the purple mountain majesty which has twenty two variations of purple in it, an example that illustrates the level of color unexpressed here. It is my hope that a new language of color to represent the mountains becomes more common. The mountains deserve at least twenty colors of purple.

 

My co-painter Kristen Pobatschnig and I developed the photo concept of the Femme Fatales of the North to move away from women as art hobbyists. We want to show what it is like to paint on mountains, unabridged by white walls. The fatales were created to give another voice for women to step and paint with conviction and focus. The last public examples of women being photographed as painters in this region are the photos in the 19 century. The photo piece titled, “Climbers at the White Cairn on Lowe’s Path, 1897” by Guy Shorey, depicts women who finished climbing wearing long heavy skirts of the day .Many younger women in the valley get what we are doing and appreciate that we are raising the bar for painters in the area. My work has a language of its own to create a new value of landscapes with unexpected color weaved into weather under tundra conditions, with the remembrance that all art work was once modern to the eye. Our mission is to grab the highest talent and paint the highest standards of these peaks.

 

Vonnegut says it best about his abstract painter friend Syd Solomon,” He connects his hand and paint brush to the deeper, quieter, more mysterious parts of his mind.- and he paints pictures of what he sees, and feels down there.” I am glad Vonnegut has been besotted to the mysterious part of his mind.

Rebecca Klementovich  (b.1969, USA)

www.thepainteress.com www.klementovich.com     rklementovich@yahoo.com

Education
Fashion Inst. of Technology NYC -Bachelor of Fine Arts 1988-1992
Copper Union 1995-1996
Students Art League 1998
Solo exhibitions-

2017 Art along the Trails, at the Jackson Ski foundation, NH
2011 Abstract Paintings, Jackson Art and Gallery, NH
2010 Retrospective of Klementovich, MWVAA, NH
2001 Paintings by Klementovich, Brown Dog Studio, BKLN
1998 Klementovich, Gallery 13, Conn

Museums

2016 Curator for the Rochester for the Museum of Fine Arts, NH
2016 Solo Show of Femme Fatales of the North at Rochester Museum, NH
2015 Painting in Permanent collection Rochester Museum, NH
2012 12×12”, Provincetown Arts and Association Museum, MA
2012 Abstract Portraits, Provincetown Arts and Association Museum, MA

Public Appearances and Events
2015 Art Talk at WREN Bethlehem, NH
2015  Femmes Fatales of the North- Mt Washintong Omni Hotel (live painting and lecture along with  Modern dancers)
2015 Art Lecture on Hans Hoffman, Patricia  Carega Gallery, Sandwich NH

Collections
Private collectors
Shaza, NYC
Michael Cunningham, NYC
Noam Chomsky, MIT
Private collections are in United States, Germany, Austria, and Canada.
Public collectors
City of New York, Bellevue Hospital
University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
(Stephen Hawkins)

Permanent Gallery 
Canterbury Hill Studio, Rockport, MA
Carver Gallery Rockland, Maine
Soho Picture framing, 568 Broadway, NYC
Jackson Art Studio and Gallery, NH
Wren, Bethlehem, NH
Harvest Gold, Lovell, Maine
Cove Gallery, Cape Cod, MA
Group exhibitions
2017 bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2016 University of Southern Maine, Portland Maine
2016 July Group show Jackson, Studio Art and Design Jackson, NH
2015 July Group show Jackson, Studio Art and Design Jackson, NH
2015 Three artists, Patricia Carega Gallery Sandwich, NH
2015 May Group Show Jackson, Studio Art and Design Jackson, NH
2015 Gala show Wren, Bethlehem NH
2014 Group show  Gallery 8, Jackson, NH
2014 Group show Jackson, Studio Art and Design Aug
2014 De Stael show North Conway,NH
2014 Danbury Library NH  July
2014 Colby library Goup show  NH 2014
2014 Wren 20/20 Bethlehem ,NH
2013 White Show, Jackson Art Studio and Gallery, NH
2012 Joan L. Dunfey Exhibition, New Hampshire Art Association, NH
2012 David Baker and artist, MWVAA, NH
2012 White show, Ja­­­­ckson Art Studio and Gallery, NH
2012 Group show, Jackson Art Studio and Gallery, NH
2012 12×12”, Provincetown Arts and Association Museum, MA
2012 Abstract Portraits, Provincetown Arts and Association Museum, MA
2012 Charity show for aids, Housing works, NYC
2011 Group show, Jackson Art Studio and Gallery, NH
2010 Aids charity show, Housing works, NYC
2009 Artist of the month Myspaceart.com
2009 Mothers, A.I.R gallery Brooklyn
2007 Group show, Rockaway Art Alliance NY, 2007
2007 Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Gallery, NYC
2007 Silent auction, Rockaway Art Alliance, NY
2007 Landscapes, Leighton Gallery, Maine
2006 Group show, The Arch Inc. NYC
2006 Queens Artists, Topaz Arts, Queens
2004 Punk Rock knitting and Geometry class,CBGB’s 313 Gallery, NYC
2003 Creatures from Outer Space, Foundation, BKLN
2001 Group show McKibbin Open Studios, BKLN 2001
2001Artrageous Gallery, NYC
1999 Three, Gallery Spark, NYC
1999 Group show, The Painting Center, NYC
1998, Student show, Student Art League NYC
1998, Gas ball, Gas Ball Conn
1998 Visiting artists, Durante Frame Shop Conn

Awards
2014- Selected for the online show from Saatchi, Influences of Kandinsky, Aug.
2013-Selected for the online show on work representing art over  5,ooo from the Saatchi online gallery
2012, Top Honor Award, International Abstract Contest, Abstract Artists Gallery.org
2011, Art in the Park best in show, North Conway, NH
2009, selected artist for the month, Saatchi on-line gallery
1988, Scholarship Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia

Affiliated on line galleries
2007-2009 The Painting Center.com, NYC
2008 Wooloo.org
2009 Zatista on-line gallery
2009 Saachi gallery online
2013 Articulate Gallery
2014 Harn Gallery

Bibliography
First group show of the Jackson Art, Studio, and Gallery, The North Conway Sun, Nov 16th edition 2011
Art in the park, The North Conway Sun, July 3rd edition 2011

Cable TV Appearance-
2010 Abstract painting interview on “Outside Television”
White Mountain 16 Cable show
2006 Artwork featured on cable for “Cool in your Code” Ch 25

Collections
Private collectors
Shaza, NYC
Michael Cunningham, NYC
Noam Chomsky, MIT
Private collections are in United States, Germany, Austria, and Canada.
Public collectors
City of New York, Bellevue Hospital

Instruction
2012, Sessional instructor, Kennett High School, NH
2011- 2012, Seasonal instructor and Co-founder, Jackson Art and Studio, NH on going
2010, Guest Lecturer, Mt Washington Valley Arts Association, NH
2009, Guest Lecturer, Bellevue Hospital, NYC

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