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 Artist Statement

 

By taking inspiration from paintings of the past and replacing the people with animals, I seek to have my audience reconnect with the traditions of portraiture. My art spans the centuries between the original and today, but with a surrealistic twist. Pairing an unexpected animal with an image from the echelons of past society creates a visual paradox that inadvertently “humanizes” the portraiture and often makes people smile. The use of humor is a valuable way to break down barriers between people and art.

I work in acrylic and oil, and my goal is to reproduce the rich, lush colors of classical portraiture. Each of my hand-chosen vintage or antique frames is a talisman to an imagined memory and provides impetus for the painting. The frame or reclaimed wood item, which I often restore myself, creates the impression of an art movement or time period, which in turn guides me to the appropriate portrait. I then brainstorm to find the right animal to create the perfect painting. The final product allows the audience to feel reconnected with classic portraiture, but from an imagined society of animals. They feel included, amused, and ultimately curious.

Photo by John Henley

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS:

  • Richmond Folk Festival, Richmond VA October 7-9, 2022

  • "The Birds and The Bees" Group Exhibit at Robert Lange Studio, Charleston, SC
    Opens October 7th-27th, 2022

  • "Danse Macabre" Group Show at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Opens October 8th

  • "Between Spellbook Pages" Group Show at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    Opens October 15th, 2022

  • "Cornucopia" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery
    Opens November 4th-25th 2022

  • "Mystical Rhythms" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery
    Opens December 2nd-23rd 2022

  • "Yule" Group Show at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Opens December 10th, 2022

  • "Small Works" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, VA
    Opens January 10th-28th, 2023

  • "Playing Favorites" Group Exhibit at Robert Lange Studio, Charleston, SC
    Opens February 3rd-26th, 2023

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EDUCATION

BFA in Communication Arts and Design with a focus in Illustration, from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2003)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Trader Joe Artist (2003-2016)

  • Self Employed Artist 2016-present

2022

  • "EBTKS 2022" group show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • "Strange Paradise: A Window into Surrealism" a juried group exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD 

  • "Some Fun Now" Little Shop of Horrors Tribute Group Show at SugarMynt Gallery, South Pasadena, CA

  • "The Portrait Show X" Group Exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "Echo All the Worlds" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery

  • "Microvision 5" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery

  • "100 Trees" Group Exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • "The Listening Room" Group Exhibit at Robert Lange Studio, Charleston, SC

  • "Familiar Strangers" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery

  • "Within the Static" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery

  • "Size Doesn't Matter" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, VA

  • "Surreal Salon 14" Group Exhibit at Baton Rouge Gallery curated by Carrie Ann Baade, Baton Rouge, LA

  • "Homeward Bound: Juried Triennial" Group Exhibit at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

 

2021

  • "Labyrinth of Dreams" Group Exhibit at Wow x Wow Online Gallery

  • "Salvaged Renaissance" Solo Show at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, Va

  • "Lore" Group Exhibit at Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA

  • "Outwit the Monster" Group Exhibit at Wow X Wow Online Gallery

  • "I Love Hue" Group Exhibit at Robert Lange Gallery, Charleston, SC

  • "Cult of Meow V" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "Monochromagic 4" Group Exhibit at Wow X Wow Online Gallery, United Kingdom

  • "The Portrait Show IX" Group Exhibit at Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA

  • "Toadstools" Group show at Gristle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "Ruffly Painted Animals" Mini solo at Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

  • "Put a Bird On It" Group show at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, VA

  • "Small Works" Virtual Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Consulting, Richmond, VA

  • "Surreal Salon 13" Group Exhibit at Baton Rouge Gallery curated by Thinkspace Projects, Baton Rouge, LA

  • "The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing" Group Exhibit, Immersive SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • "Trading Card Art Show IV" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "What Would Heironymus Do?" Group Show, The Secret Gallery, Astoria, Oregon

  • "Cordial Creatures Portraits" Solo Show, Curly Tale Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

2020

  • "Cult of Meow IV" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "Painting for the Puppies" Charity Auction,The Secret Gallery, Astoria, Oregon

  • John Henley "Artists" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen, Richmond VA

  • "No Pants Required" Group Exhibit at Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • "We Will Survive" Group Exhibit and Fundraiser at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • "Knights and Monsters" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "Bird of Paradise" Group Exhibit at Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • "From Me to You" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • "Size Doesn't Matter" Group Exhibit at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

2019

  • “Under The Rafters: New Work by Cassandra Kim” solo show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • Current Art Fair, Group Exhibition, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • “Configurations: a curatorial project” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • “Summer Splash” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • “Hear Me Roar” group show at Eclectic Gallery, London, England

  • “Hung Juried” group show at Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • “All Media Show” group show at Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, VA

 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

  • Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park & Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historical Site, Skagway, Alaska and Yukon, Canada
    (July 2013)

 

AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Trekell Pet Portrait Competition, Winner of the “The Greg Simkins Award” for Acrylic (Sept. 2019)

  • Pikchur Magazine: Blog featured Artist: “Replacing People with Animals in Classic Portraitures-Artist Cassandra Kim” (May 2019)

*represented by Glave Kocen Consulting and Guest Artist at Robert Lange Studios