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Untitled (match), 2014

oil on panel

24 x 24”

Kilpatrick (b. 1974, Bountiful, Utah) earned has an M.A. from Syracuse University in 2006. He moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies where is a professor of traditional and digital illustration of which he has been the department chair since 2010.  

His work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His paintings have been exhibited in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Miami.

Kilpatrick has created over twenty-five new paintings marking his third solo exhibition with the gallery.


Using of allegory he pursues engaging narratives that transport the viewer to imaginary epochs. Books and birds, a needle and thread, axes and snakes are some of the many symbols used to represent humanity’s innate desire to cultivate, serve, and command nature.


These visual poems draw from the artist’s personal archive, which include, printed matter, title pages from books and sketchbooks; he explains:


“My sketchbooks are important to me in that they are not only the place where I go to draw, but they are also books in which I record and collect various pieces of ephemera and information… Over the past decade I have been collecting title pages from random old books that I find at various old bookstores and thrift shops. In many cases, the books are far too damaged to read anymore and in some cases, I have only the title page and part of the book cover to look at. Many of these title pages read to me as if they are lost lines of poetry verse that spark an idea.”

2015 Miniatures

oil on panel

various

Donald Kilpatrick

January 17 - February 18, 2015


Opening Reception: January 17, 2015, 6-9:00 PM

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