Katie Southworth is an internationally collected abstract artist currently based in Bridgeport, CT. Originally from Darien, Connecticut she graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with Bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. Katie discovered her signature style her senior year of college, the same year she unfortunately grieved the sudden loss of her mother. She was the recipient of the Charles Hovey Pepper Prize for her body of work featured in the 2016 Senior Capstone Exhibition. She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2018. In August of 2021, after three years of teaching elementary art, she began pursuing her fine art career full time.
Over 250 of her original works are in private and public collections in 50+ cities across the nation and abroad, including New York City, Miami, LA, Canada, and more. Her first solo show "Colorjoy" in November 2021 attracted over 300 people to Opening Night, where 10 pieces sold in total, and 10% was donated to suicide prevention organizations. Katie’s work has been featured in international, local, and fine art publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Colby Magazine, and Create! Magazine. At this point in her career, Katie is completely independent and shows her work online, in exhibitions, out of her studio, and in art fairs across the country. Katie works out of a large studio in The Knowlton, an artist community building in Bridgeport, CT.
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My work harnesses the power of color and verticality to promote mindfulness, joy, and mental well-being. I am inspired by emotion, memory, and anything that makes me feel healthy. Color is my language, and my process is a constant study of color theory and relativity. My pieces are complete when I achieve a harmonious balance of minimalism and captivating color complexity. Once I achieve that, a color story or mood can emerge.
I title my pieces after I meditate on the colors, listen to the story, and decide if it relates more to a memory, a human process, or to a vision for the future. The last step of my process involves writing a brief statement, which helps me discover what each painting is truly about. Most viewers have their own unique associations when engaging with my work. Through this practice, I have found that my work exposes the deeply personal nature of color as it relates to cognition, personality, and culture.
I strive for harmonious, vertical fields of luxurious color and texture because I hope to create a calming, uplifting visual aid for mindfulness and intrinsic contemplation for viewers. To provide a moment of peace, positivity, and pause for others, as it does for me. Ultimately, I hope to foster a brighter, mentally healthier future for all. This higher purpose of my work is dedicated to my mother, Ellie. In honor of her, a percentage of all sales are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Currently, my studio in The Knowlton is accessible to visitors by appointment only. To schedule a time to come visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org
305 Knowlton St