Lives and works in Longmont, CO
1976 B.F.A. cum laude University of Utah
Kate Petley is an American abstract painter whose work addresses the subtleties of location and atmosphere, specifically of her home in the mountainous regions of Colorado. In her paintings and prints Petley conveys psychologically charged space using layered images with multiple references, color, vividly enhanced marks, and dramatic compositions. Petley’s experience of location, where the urban environment edges up against the natural world, serves as the point of departure for her work. Collapsing the boundaries between sculpture, photography, and painting, Kate Petley reframes the history and meaning of the luminous surface. Her radiant surfaces contain experiential planes of color, light, and form. Manneken Press has published Kate Petley’s monoprints since 2013.
Petley has had recent solo exhibitions at VonLintel Gallery in Los Angeles and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She will present a solo exhibition in 2021 at the University of Colorado Art Museum (CUAM), curated by Director Sandra Firmin. Additionally, Petley is the guest curator for a nine-artist exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, also opening in 2021. Her work has been exhibited at MCA Denver, the Museum of South Texas, the Nicolaysen Museum, Fotofest Houston, the Martin Museum at Baylor University, Museum of the Southwest, the Arlington Museum of Art, and other institutions.
Petley has been featured in thirty solo exhibitions and has completed numerous public commissions and installations. She participated in PhotoIreland 2017 and is a Ucross Foundation Fellowship recipient. Petley was a recipient of an NEA Rockefeller Foundation Grant in 1990, and has been awarded residencies at Mayer of Munich Glass studio in Germany and Platteforum Denver.
The City of Houston Airport System
The Nicolaysen Museum, Casper WY
Polsinelli Shughart LLC, Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL and Denver, CO
Suntrust Bank, Atlanta, GA
Intercontinental Exchange, Atlanta, GA
The Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City MO
Osage ArtConsultancy, Hong Kong
Fidelity Investments, Denver, CO and Boston, MA
UCLA Hospital, Santa Monica CA
Denver Children’s Hospital, Denver CO
The City of Houston, TX
The Town of Vail, CO
The Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Marriott and Caesar’s Palace Hotel Corporations
Park South Hotel, New York, NY
Propriety Capital, Denver CO
Morgan Stanley, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Texas Tech University
Vail Industries, Chicago, IL
"There is an awkward tension, a sense of familiarity, and an odd balance in the compositions. I’m looking for a particular rhythm, a clumsy formality that seems almost tender. Moving towards sensation, subject matter is pushed out and an experiential sense of space fills the gap left behind. I am determined to pull a non-existing image out of thin air using a vocabulary that is not about language and by complicating the relationship of foreground to background, alluding to a distinct presence, my own experiences are inserted”.Kate Petley