Kirby Fredendall


Painting

Artist's Statement

There is stillness as a front appears at the northern end of the lake – a calm. Clouds gather. The light becomes brilliant then dark. The wind curls itself into a directed force. Rain comes. The visual drama of the lake is never the same. It is the place where I am the most connected to myself and where I am finding the creative force for these images.

Multiple conditions of light created by the time of day and the weather create textures in the water, patterns in the clouds, and juxtapositions of color that vibrate with one another to form the visual experience of the lake. The morning light is slowly teased up over the horizon, gently lighting the clouds, while the evening sunset feels like a race through the fire into the darkening sky.

These dynamic combinations of light, shape, pattern. and color inspire the images that I paint. I enjoy the manipulation of paint and how that process in itself contributes to the life and form of the final image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the slow movement of rain laden clouds across the sky. Areas of sky, water, and land are knit together to represent their seamless interaction under the common conditions of weather and time. Colors are intentionally juxtaposed to create passages that are beautifully compelling.

The lake, for me, is a metaphor for the constantly changing energy of our relationship with not only ourselves, but also with those around us and with our environment. My paintings are a visual exploration of the unbreakable but changeable connections that exist between forces both within us and without.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Balance of Light, Bazemore Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Kirby Fredendall: New Work, Reinboth Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2011
Add Sugar & Stir: Cookbooks in the Lives of American Women, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

2010, 2011
Kirby Fredendall: New Work, Reinboth Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2009
Kirby Fredendall Paintings, Reinboth Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2007
Add Sugar and Stir: Cookbooks in the Lives of American Women, Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2002
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ

Conversations, Soul Works, Furlong, PA

2001
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Emerald City Fine Art, Seattle, WA

1998
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Multiple Choice Gallery, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Group
2017
Fresh Hues, Media Arts Center, Media, PA

154th Exhibition of Small Oils, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Spring Gala Exhibition and Benefit, Main Line Art Center, Havertown, PA

2016
215/610 Contemporary, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

New Hope Arts Member’s Salon, New Hope Arts League, New Hope, PA

New Hope Historical Society Art Show, New Hope Arts League, New Hope, PA

49th Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

West Chester Arts Walk, Blank Canvas Gallery, West Chester, PA

5th Annual Juried Show, Artists of Yardley, Yardley, PA

2015
Kirby Fredendall & Alex Damevski: A Dialogue, A Space Gallery, New Hope, PA

Annual Show, New Hope Art League, New Hope, PA

Annual Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2014
Mixed Media & Photography, Bucks County Project Gallery, Doylestown, PA

Annual Show, New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA

2013
Annual Show, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Summer Gallery Artists, Ocean Gallery at Barnegate Light, Barnegate, NJ

2008
Gallery Artists, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ

2006
Gallery Artists, Trimbur Henry Gallery, Doylestown, PA

2005
Works on Paper, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Gallery Artists, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, New Jersey, 2005

2004
37th Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Gallery Artists, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ

2003
Bucks County Artists: A Cross Section, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

2002
Gallery Artists, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ

2001
34th Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Gallery Artists, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ

2000
Shaping the American Landscape, Unison Arts Gallery, New Paltz, NY

Beginnings & Endings, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

1999
32nd Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Under One Foot, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

71st Annual Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

9th Annual Exhibition, Lyet Gallery, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

1998
National Juried Open Exhibition, The STAGE Gallery, Merrick, NY

Artsbridge at Prallsville Mill, Prallsville Mill Gallery, Stockton, NJ

Gallery Artists, Nancy Moore Gallery, New York, NY

Member’s Juried Exhibition, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

1997
Modern or Post-Modern? Three Abstract Painters, Nancy Moore Gallery, New York, NY

1996
Fin de Siecle, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Two Painters, Union League Club Art Gallery , New York, NY

Summer Group Exhibition, Nancy Moore Gallery, New York, NY

Inside/Out, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

144” Square, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT

Two Up, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Return to Beauty, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Publications

2017
Create! Magazine, Spring 2017

Fragile Express, February 8, 2017

2016
“Kirby Fredendall,” Fresh Paint Magazine, August 14, 2016

2000
“Juried Artists Spring,” New American Paintings, Open Studio Press

Bibliography

2016
Brewster, Don, “New,” DoNArTNeWs, Philadelphia Art News Blog by Don Brewster, October 2016

English, M., “Plymouth Meeting dentist, wife to display photography, landscapes in upcoming studio show,” 21st Century Media Services, The Times Herald: Art Galleries, October 2016

“Art of the State” finalists dominated by Philly area, Stephen Salisbury, Philly.com, June 1, 2016

English, M., “Shared exhibit at New Hope Gallery,” 21st Century Media Services, The Times Herald: Art Galleries, November 2015

2011
Cichy, Betty, “A Recipe for Art,” Philly Burbs, March 23, 2011

“The Michener Cooks up an Exhibition about Cookbooks,” Bucks Local News, Bristol, PA

“Kirby Fredendall at Michener Art Museum,” Art, Artists, & Artworks

Stadd, Allison, “Add Sugar And Stir: Cookbooks And The Lives Of Women Is On Display At The Michener Museum In Doylestown Beginning March 19,” UWISHUNU, Philadelphia, March 2, 2011

2007
“Women & Cookbooks Show at Peggy Lewis Gallery,” Town Topics, March 2007

“Kirby Fredendall Serves Cookbooks in Art Exhibition,” Bucks County Herald, March 2007

Collins, Shannon, “Fine Artists,” LifeStyle Magazine, January 2007

2002
Rivera, F.R., “Morpeth Gallery,” US 1 Art Review, September 2002

1998
“Looking Ahead (Featured Artist),” Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA Spring/Summer 1998

1997
Huntington, Richard, “The Persistence of Modernism and Other Tales From Delaware and Surrounds,” Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Newsletter, Summer 1997

1995
Francis, Anna, “Exhibit Curator Calls for a Return to Beauty,” Art Matters, December/January

Professional Experience, Awards, and Collections

Professional Experience

Art Instructor, Solebury School, Solebury, PA

Awards and Honors

2016
First Choice Bank 2nd Place Award, Artists of Yardey

2015
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: The Power of Art

Collections

Kaufelt Collection, Murray’s Cheese, New York, NY
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Davis Enterprises, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Kettles & Smith Collection, Gr8 People, New Hope, PA
Denise Gindhart Consulting, Spring City, PA

Education

1992
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
M.Ed, Art Education & Painting

1988
Duke University, Durham, NC
BA, Art History