Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2019 Art News and Invitations

Katelyn Alain now represented by Marloe Gallery, NYC

I am very excited to join the roster at Marloe Gallery in New York City. Run by gallery director Chuck Loesner, the gallery shows a dynamic selection of artists and is scheduled at many Art Fairs in the year ahead. I'll keep you updated!

Gallery website:

Invitation! Dream Again opens at Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NYC

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9,  7-10 PM
Dream Again is curated by Norma Homberg and runs from March 7- March 31, 2019

Where: Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC NY 11101 
(Enter through parking lot. Closest trains: E/7 to court Sq or 7 train to Vernon Blvd.)

Gallery Hours:
Open Sat+Sun 12 -5 PM
Thursdays 6-10 PM (life drawing with live nude)
Gallery will also be open to the audience of The Tempest production that will run alongside the show. Dates will be posted:

Mark your calendar: Solo Show Scheduled for Fall 2019 at Curtis Gallery, New Canaan, CT

I'm very pleased to have been selected by the art committee for a solo show in the gallery opening Sept. 5 - Oct. 7, 2019. Mark your calendars now for Thurs. Sept. 5 so you can join me in celebrating the new work I'm so excited to be able to share with you. 

Curtis Gallery is located within the New Canaan Library (151 Main St.) at the center of New Canaan, CT. This is not your ordinary gallery and has incredible programming that runs alongside the show. I'm most excited that children will be exposed to the work as my paintings are about the power and strength of children. I'm also happy to bring my new work to an audience outside New York. They even have a dedicated Art library. So much love! Also, libraries are for everyone and for genuine discovery. More on why it's so great later! 

Lastly! Art Ambassador for Chartpak, Inc.

I'm pleased to announce I am now an Art Ambassador for Chartpak, Inc. Chartpak is the parent company that owns many of the art supplies that I use regularly and love including Grumbacher oils and brushes, Schminke, Koh-i-noor, Clearprint, Higgins Ink, Permalba (my personal fav. white!), etc. What is an Art Ambassador?! I asked the same thing. It means that I get to test products sometimes and share my experience and what I know. Win/win. 

May the rest of your 2019 be infinitely inspired. 

I hope to see you very soon,


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Open Studio Oct. 20, 21

I will be opening my studio for Gowanus Open Studios on October 20-21, 2018. I love this once a year event for so many reasons and I can't wait to greet my regular visitors and collectors and meet new ones! I have been working hard on my latest body of work and I look forward to presenting and sharing it with you then. Please mark your calendars (and bring your friends!):
When: Saturday and Sunday October 20-21, 12-6 pm
Where: 98 4th Street (where Bond meets the canal) #309 (follow signs)
MAP (By train: get off Carroll Street F/G and walk against traffic down Smith, turn left on 4th St.) PS- Lots of other amazing artists to see in the building and around the neighborhood.

About: The oil paintings in my latest series describe a New American Epic about the power and resilience of girls moving against the tide on their way to becoming our future leaders. Each painting commemorates a moment in a greater narrative that highlights the inner strength, hope, and struggle of girls reclaiming their power. As part of this poetic and imagined nautical journey, children are depicted breaking free of limitations and using their own strength and skill to make their way at sea. I depict them in pivotal moments of absurd challenge, despair, or enlightenment.

In all of my work I explore the exuberance and distortion of the mind and memory perception as well as the beauty and strength of diverse personalities through great reverence for the painted portrait.

For the latest paintings out of my studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn and my full portfolio of available works small and large visit:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winter News 2018

"Speaking Out: Art in a Time of Upheaval" curated by Greg Muenzen

Opens Saturday, February 17, 5-8PM
Gallarus Arts
215 Katonah Ave.
Katonah, NY 10536

Show runs through March 11.

For the latest works out of my studio and my full portfolio visit my website:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This Fall: Openings and Open Studios

Hello and Happy Fall! The world feels upside down, but art is a perfect and necessary antidote. Here's what's upcoming:

1. Single Fare opens this Saturday Sept. 16, 5-8pm at Highline Stages - 441 W 14th Street in NYC. 
A big show of small works on used MetroCards. I have 4 included. 100 bucks each. Single Fare will also be on view all day on Sunday, Sept. 17th, 12-6.  *Editors pick at ArtNet News for what to do this weekend(link)

2. Save the date: Gowanus Open Studios, Oct. 21,22
Put this on your calendar right now! See artists at work in their natural habitat. My latest paintings will be on view so come and chat about ideas and a better vision of tomorrow. 98 4th St, Brooklyn, NY. Link to the Artist Directory and map here. 

3. If you're still reading, I'm working on even more oil on MetroCard paintings and you can purchase for 100 each. Just private message me your address through instagramfb where I post them or email ( with the one you want. I accept paypal, venmo, and old fashioned check. It's easy, efficient, and the little gems will mail to you for free. 

Lastly, check out my updated website for all available works and shoot me an email to inquire or to schedule a studio visit.

Stay sane. Stay inspired. I hope to see you soon.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Unreliable Narrator opens March 3 at ArtHelix in Brooklyn

The Unreliable Narrator
March 3rd - 26th, 2017

Please Join me at the Artist Reception: Friday, March 3rd | 6-9PM
Also: Bushwick Armory Week Late Night - March 4th | 6-9PM

ArtHelix is located at 289 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 – 718.386.2863

Press Release:
ArtHelix is pleased to announce The Unreliable Narrator, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathy Grove, Bonnie Rychlak, Ellen Brooks, Judith Linhares, Elaine Reicheck, Rona Pondick, Susan Unterberg, Jeanne Silverthorne, Nancy Mladenoff, Jackie Cantwell, Maria Kreyn, Katelyn Alain, Angela Strassheim, Jessie Brugger, Meghan Boody, Mihyun Kang, Claire Watson, Cynthia Ruse, Christy Armendariz, Elizabeth Saveri, Joanne Ross, Hazel Santino, Sarah Smith, Katelin Hudson, and Yael Malka.

This is an exhibition of some artists, all women, ranging in age from their early twenties to their seventies, who have endeavored, directly or indirectly, to “represent” themselves in their work. The title of the exhibition, “The Unreliable Narrator,” is a way to suggest that this effort is more complex than may at first seem.

For more info on the show visit:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time Is Jagged

time is jagged
intricate as ancient lace
hidden and pulsing
beneath skin
and matted hair

The smell of your forehead
your excessively soft cheek
pressed to mine like a blind contour
moving in no particular direction

Please don't leave me
with that low winter light
a soft ache between my rib cage
of negative space and tired epiphany

or that pale Vermeer wall

The moments are careless as they rush
obliterated now
yet they pile up whole

until eventually you tuck them in
to hum to in the dark

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Here's what's upcoming:

Final week to see Brooklyn Comes To Westport at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA. Closes on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Website

Opening this Saturday, August 27, 6-9PM:

Big Ten(t) opens at Art Helix Gallery, 289 Meserole St., Brooklyn, NY. 
Big Ten(t) is an art exhibition featuring University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA alumni. Curated by Barry Carlsen. Runs Aug.27- Sept. 11

Special event Sept. 8: Live Auction

Art Auction of selected artwork from Big Ten(t)! Open to the public. Bids can be made online first and/or the auction will be completed live on Thursday Sept. 8, 6:30-8:30 at ArtHelix Gallery, 289 Meserole St. Brooklyn, NY. 
My painting, All That Was Left Was The Ocean's Spray, will be available to bid on. Bidding site will go live when Big Ten(t) opens Saturday, Aug. 27.

Finally, Save the date: October 15 and 16 is Gowanus Open Studios!

I look forward to welcoming you to my lovely new studio space just up the canal at 98 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Studios will be open all over the hood from 12-6 both days. 

Enjoy the final glorious days of Summer!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Brooklyn Comes To Westport Aug 3-28

Curated by Jodi Stevens.

Reception: Aug. 6, 5-7 PM

August 3-28, 2016
Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partners Ln, Westport, MA 02790

Brooklyn Comes To Westport Aug 3-28

Curated by Jodi Stevens.

Reception: Aug. 6, 5-7 PM

Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partners Ln, Westport, MA 02790

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

March 2016 Issue of Juxtapoz Magazine

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gowanus Open Studio Sale Oct 17,18

It's that time of year again! The two days a year I open my studio to the crowds and curious. But this year there's a mega sale! Read on.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
October 17 and 18 from 12-6.

WHERE: Studio 22 at 98 9th Street or enter at 75C 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 

This is the last year you will find me in this location as the landlord has sold the building and this little community is moving on and out. The great news for you: everything in my studio will be on super sale to make my move easier. Come prepared to purchase at once-in-a-lifetime prices. Thank you all for your support over the years in this space. I have adored this studio and it's many visitors. I look forward to what the future will bring. See you very soon.

Take a look through my available paintings at and let me know if I should hold one for you! I will be accepting cash or check during the sale.

Walk, bike or take the F/G/R train to 9th Street and follow the balloons to 98 9th Street or to 75C 10th Street in the building next to Lowe's. Here's the full GOS participant Map.

Come out, spread the word. #GOS2015 #KatelynAlain 

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Opening Saturday, June 6 at Sara June

You are invited to Katelyn Alain: On The Verge
Opening: Saturday, June 6 at 7pm
Sara June
618 Union Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11215

I am beyond excited to display my latest series of small paintings in a venue and space that perfectly aligns with the character and vibe of the work. Sara June is an amazing Brooklyn salon that
 was created from the ground up by the very talented Sara Gilmore. This is a unique and beautifully designed space in Gowanus that is a natural environment for my portraits of women on the verge of transformation. Come out and support the people making good things happen in Brooklyn. 
I hope to see you at 7pm on Saturday! 

Katelyn Alain: On The Verge  will be on view June - July, 2015

Sara June hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-6

618 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

* My show Musing continues to be on view at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, 139 Eldridge St.(Lower East Side) New York, NY until June 12, 2015. Come by to see a larger selection of  recent paintings in this two person show. Gallery hours: Wedneday-Sunday 12-6pm. LINK to gallery

Friday, May 01, 2015

May 9- June 12 at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY

Dormant Prophecies, oil on canvas, 24x18"
I am pleased to invite you to my first two-person exhibition in New York City. This exhibition will feature a varied selection of recent paintings from small studies to intimate self-portraits and portraits that inhabit dynamic memory-scapes.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 9, 6-9 PM
Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art
139 Eldridge St. (Lower East Side)
New York, NY 10002

Train directions: F,M,J,Z to Delancey/ Essex St. or B,D to Grand St.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12pm - 6pm
On view: May 9- June 12, 2015

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Gowanus Open Studios October 18, 19

 It's that time of year again! The one day a year I ignore my reclusive nature and open my studio to the crowds and curious. I look forward to welcoming you:

October 18 and 19 from 12-6.

Find me in Studio 22 at 98 9th Street or enter at 75A 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 

 This event attracts the best visitors to my studio. Last year I met some of my very first collectors in person and was surrounded by so many amazing people that have encouraged and enabled me to make my work. Thank you all for your support!

 This year over 315 artists and organizations at 85 locations around Gowanus will be participating. So come see the latest art being made in this part of Brooklyn. Here's the full GOS participant map.

Walk, bike or take the F/G/R train to 9th Street and follow the balloons to 98 9th Street or to 75A 10th Street in the building next to Lowe's!

Come out, spread the word, and don't forget to take selfies and hashtag it. #GOS2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Opening Thursday, June 5 at Arcilesi Homberg

Monday, November 04, 2013

Face Time: New Portraiture Now

Opens this Friday, November 8th

Ground Floor Gallery
343 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY (map)

I am pleased to be participating in this show at Ground Floor Gallery that opens on Friday. "Face Time: New Portraiture Now" is a mixed-media exploration of contemporary portraiture featuring Elizabeth Colomba, and artists Damali Abrams, Brendan Carroll, Alexis Duque, Lori Nelson, Tim Okamura, Iviva Olenick, Katelyn Alain and Barry Shepherd.

"Face Time: New Portraiture Now" will be on view from November 8 - December 8, 2013.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Gowanus Open Studios October 19, 20

Detail shot from the latest canvas.
It's once again time for Gowanus Open Studios where over 200 artists will be opening their doors to the public. I look forward to welcoming you to my studio.

When: October 19 and 20
Time: 12-6 PM
Where: 98 9th Street or enter at 75A 10th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn. I am in Studio 22 .

By train: F/G to Smith/9th Street and cross the canal. Also, F or R train to 4th Ave./9th st. and head down the hill to 98 9th Street.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Some Thoughts On Painting Reality

I spend much of my time contemplating sight and the way my brain perceives the information before me. I think about how I can make painting a more accurate reflection of my experience in this world. I think about how we observe nature as outside of ourselves, but we are also nature. I think about the strangeness of life and the extreme beauty that surrounds us. I wonder about the world and most often wonder about how to make my work more true to life. And by that I don't mean more traditionally representational. I mean more accurate to the strangeness of my own experience.

My work has always been in some way representational. But most people have a hard time categorizing my paintings. Even I am not sure what category they should fit into. This, I think, is because I'm not focused on creating a specific type of art or in mimicking a specific style that already exists. I am instead focused on finding a better way to communicate my reality. My goal is not to replicate the world simply as the eye sees. While a worthy task for some, that has never been my aim. It is the brain that alters and informs the eye. And it is what the brain does with visual and other sensory information that is the most essential element of the reality that I document.

Our personal truth is rooted in our interpretation of things. In the passing of time, the brain distills and alters our understanding. It keeps the essential. It elevates the mundane. It also has a tendency to fail completely or remember falsely. What is it then that we are recording as painters if we want to record reality?  Is it not the brain's emotional response to the information that hits our retina? Painting is about what we take away from what we see. It is about what makes our understanding of the world truly our own. It is about finding and recording a deeper truth, and finding an alternate path to discovering and sharing our true selves. Abstraction and ambiguity is a very real part of sight and memory. Why should it not be recorded as such when we represent reality in two dimensions? What we see before us and what we take away are two different things. What is more real?

Reality is a fickle thing. Time moves relentlessly onward. As time passes, I find myself with ever more questions. Is it possible to use paint to find out more about how we see and remember? How do I translate the abstraction of the brain into color and form? What element of reality am I expressing when I paint intuitively? Can I interpret the way my brain distills fragmented thoughts?  Can it become a true documentation or a true embodiment of a persona through portraiture? How is time recorded in the mind through the act of seeing? Painting with these questions presents new challenges and new approaches to my process. And thus my studio work continues.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Studio Today