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Meet the Visual Artist

Cathy O’Keefe

Bio

Cathy O’Keefe is an abstract expressionist painter who works primarily in oils and mixed media. She was born in Connecticut and raised there and in New York City. She first became interested in art as a child and created illustrations, paintings, and sculptures as a teenager and young adult. Subsequently, Ms. O’Keefe worked as a technical writer for 20 years, returning to her first love, art, in 2012. Ms. O’Keefe has taken courses at the Art Students League, Pratt, and other institutions. However, she is primarily self-taught.
 
Ms. O’Keefe has exhibited in galleries and other venues in New York and New England. Her work is on public display in several non-profit organizations focused on social justice
and mental health. She also produced a painting on commission for Yale University.
 
Recently, Ms. O’Keefe has been engaged in creating abstract paintings evoked by her internal artistic experience of life in New York City. She loves New York and enjoys exploring all corners of the city. She reinterprets what she sees in monochromatic, heavily textured frottages that are made with multimedia and with oil and acrylic paintings.
 
Ms. O’Keefe is a versatile artist and, also paints dreamscapes, drip paintings, works of the natural world, digital paintings, and monotypes.

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist who seeks to express what I see in the world as filtered through internal processes, which include my dreams and other forms of communication with my unconscious. This method allows me to seek a meaningful relationship between myself and specific groups or the society at large.
 
After contemplation and sleep, I plan my colors and the general composition. I assemble my ground, painting and materials, and instruments for creating texture necessary for the construction of frottages (Frottages are “rubbings” of a textured surface.) I use the same process to create oil and acrylic paintings and works on paper.
 
Painting is a joy! I don’t think while painting. I listen to music and let my mind be quiet. I just paint. The process is much the same as musical improvisation. First you learn the chords and scales, then you “forget” them and simply play.
 
I love to paint. Every day is a new adventure.

 

  • 2018 "Summer in the City: 2018," Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2015 "Rhythm and the Abstract Blues II," Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2013 "Rhythm and the Abstract Blues," Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury, CT, Invitational.
  • 2020 "Exposure," Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2020 “Members Pleiades Online Exhibit,” Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2020 “A Little of This, A Little of That: An Exploration into Mixed Media,” The Gallery @ Paragon, Phoenixville PA, Juried.
  • 2020 “Members Pleiades Online Exhibit,” Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2020 “Medford Arts: Online Exhibit Works on Paper,” Medford, NJ, Juried.
  • 2020 “Stay Home, Make Art,” Dorsky Museum Online, New Paltz, NY, Juried.
  • 2020 “Altered States” Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY. Juried.
  • 2019 "Exposure," Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2019 "Potpourri III," Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2018 "Potpourri II," Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2017 "Potpourri," Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York, NY, Invitational.
  • 2012 "Members II," Kent Art Association, Kent, CT, Juried.
  • 2012 "Members I," Kent Art Association, Kent, CT, Juried.
  • 2004 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
  • 2004 Pratt Institute, New York, NY.
  • 1997 The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY.
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Eliot Community Human Services, Lynn, MA.
  • Tri-Valley Transit, Middlebury, VT.
  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association Art Collection, Chelsea, MA.
  • Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, LLC, Brockton, MA.
  • Cathy Jarcho: Colors. Salann Magazine, 3rd Edition to be published 2021.
  • Cathy Jarcho: Irish Land on West Street. Salann Magazine, 2nd Edition to be published, 2021.
  • "Our Newest Art Connections: Cathy Jarcho," The Art Connection, January, 2019, www.theartconnection.org.
  • "The Pratt Art Fair: Cathy Jarcho, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Thursday, October 13, 2005.
  • Pratt Institute, New York City
  • The Art Students League of New York, New York City
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.