Kiki Dufault-Artist Statement

I have been painting in oils for the last twenty five years. I studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1992-1996 with some of the leading artists in the Bay Area movement as well as landscape painting at the New York Studio School in N.Y.C.

I am most drawn to the figure and the landscape. Each painting develops through a series of spontaneous action, and the figure and/or landscape evolve out of this process

I  approach a painting without a plan as I am certain that through the spontaneous movement of paint the painting will evolve. And through this movement of color and form I become the vehicle for a certain dialogue to unfold.  This dialogue evolves through space, time and action as a reflection of my inner landscape and my knowledge of the plastic medium. These things resolve themselves in the process; pouring liquid color, scraping, turning the canvas, waiting, building the surface area, expanding and shifting of color. I approach a landscape and a figurative piece in the same manner I do an abstraction. It is with this sense of knowing and action that the painting is revealed. Sometimes it requires a lot of paint, or the total destruction of that very image that was first emerging to arrive at the final resting place where the dialogue of color is complete and it resonates in the pause. This pause evokes a sense of timelessness in the process. Mark Rothko said it well:

“We are dealing with the verities of time and space, life and death, the heights of exaltation and the depths of despair.”

The process of painting for me remains an ongoing journey and an exploration of that which can never be fully defined.

Kiki Dufault

Exhibitions & Education
2014-2015-Lauren Clark Gallery Great Barrington, MA.

2013-Solo Exhibit Rye Arts Center- “Time Capsule”

2012-2013 – Solo Exhibit – Content in Hudson, NY (Dec-March)
2012 – Group Show – “From Where I Stand” – Rye Arts Center, Rye NY
2012 – Group Show – Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2012 – Group Show – Lichtenstein Center For the Arts, Pittsfield MA
2011 – Curator of Several Shows at Studio Gallery, Great Barrington MA
2010 – Solo Exhibit – Studio Gallery, Great Barrington MA
2010-2012 Owner, Manager of The Studio Gallery in Great Barrington MA
1999 – Solo Exhibit – Anthony Nordoff Gallery, Great Barrington MA
1998 – Group Show – Anthony Nordoff Gallery, Great Barrington MA
1997 Solo Exhibit – Anthony Nordoff Gallery, Great Barrington MA
1995 Studied at the New York Studio SChool, N.Y.C Landscape and Figurative Painting
1993-1996 Honors Student San Francisco Art Institute CA – BFA
1992-1993 Studied at MICA- Baltimore MD, Undergrad Painting
1991 First Place Congressional Arts Award Massachussettes

2012 – The Westchester Loop
2012 – New York Times Interview