“This show is all watercolor. People look at these and they think they're pastels because I use a really different technique where I'm using an oil paintbrush, and I used the watercolor really dry and scraped it against the paper,” Crown said.
Crown likes the “frenetic energy” of people dancing and tried to capture it in this series of paintings. Like in many of her works, the dancers in “Swing” do not interact with each other and appear to float on the canvas, reflecting Crown's belief than no one is really grounded.
Crown knew she wanted to be an artist when she was in a nursery school. Her father, abstract painter Keith Crown, encouraged her imagination, telling Katie that it was fine for her to paint the grass, mountains and other aspects of her works any color she wished. Later, Crown wanted to separate her art from her father's, so she began creating figurative work that “walks the line between realism and being cartoons.”
“I tend to see humor in everything so I try to put people together and make it as funny as I can,” Crown said.
Crown has a degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has shown her pieces across the country and exhibits regularly at Tag Gallery.
KATIE CROWN: SWING
When: Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Through July 12.
Where: Tag Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D3, Santa Monica
Information: 310-829-9558; www.taggallery.net