Thursday, November 29, 2007

Speed Empowerment (from start to finish)

View of the final painting in the gallery (Stricoff Fine Art) window display in New York!

Oil on Canvas
48x60 inches

I've finally returned to my studio after a great trip to New York and Boston. I'm so happy to be back in the swing of things and feeling inspired after seeing so much great art.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Allegory in Yellow Floaties

Basking in strangeness is a part of life. This painting uses representation to solidify a completely abstract feeling.

It is not correct, but imagined. It has been seen as bizarre and I could be the only one in the world that thinks it is really very normal.

Oil on Canvas. 36x60 inches.

Friday, November 16, 2007

More Press: The Wisconsin Week

by Kristin Czubkowski

Photo: Jeff Miller/ University of Wisconsin-Madison

Article excerpt:

"…Sometimes a $50 purchase can become an investment as students continue in their art careers. One example of this is the Union’s purchase of an early Bruce Nauman piece in the 1960s. Nauman, a science major at UW–Madison at the time, went on to become one of the most well-known modern artists of the last few decades. The Nauman painting, Schmoldt says, spends most of its time in storage due to wear and tear causing paint damage, but it was recently brought out for a student-curated show in the spring.

The Union also displays an early glass sculpture from Dale Chihuly, who attended graduate school at UW–Madison. While these are just a few examples, pieces like these illustrate the strength of UW–Madison’s art department, Gunther says, and the high quality of artwork produced by its students. “UW–Madison is known nationwide for its art department, particularly for its printmaking,” she says. “All of my peers at NYU are aware of and comment on UW–Madison’s excellent standing in art. The Student Art Sale customers are purchasing high-quality work at an affordable price, which is a win-win for all involved.”

A look at past and present exhibitors

Katelyn Alain, in her final year in the art graduate program, is no stranger to the business side of art. After graduating from the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, Alain worked to get her pieces into various venues — from juried exhibitions to gallery shows — before entering graduate school. “Maybe because I’m a little older or feel like I’ve been doing it a long time, I’ve just set myself up in a different way. It’s important to me to try to make money doing this,” she says. In addition to art shows, the Internet has been a prominent factor in Alain’s career. From her personal Web site to online galleries such as Saatchi Online, Alain sells her work from a number of online venues. Alain’s most recently sold work, a painting titled “The Girl in the Red Tunic,” was featured in an Oct. 10 Wall Street Journal story on online art galleries, which generated a wave of interest in her artwork.

Read Entire Article Here

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Katelyn Alain Paintings in Wall Street Journal

A Work in Progress: Buying Art on the Web
October 10, 2007; Page D1

As art lovers descend on London this week for the opening of a glitzy art fair called Frieze, art sales have never been hotter at galleries and auction houses. But the online marketplace for art is still as mottled as a Monet water scene, with vast amounts of art available at various Web sites but a scarcity of big-ticket buyers.

Does art actually sell online? It's long been hard to tell. Now, one big online gallery, Saatchi Online, is offering its first financial clues to the answer -- and a clearer picture of the much-hyped Internet art marketplace and its challenges.

Katelyn Alain

More than a dozen Internet sites, from eBay to, offer tens of thousands of new artworks. But top collectors like Agnes Gund in New York and curators like Weston Naef of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles largely ignore what's offered on online art sites, preferring to buy directly from auction houses or dealers. Even Christie's International initially struggled last year to persuade collectors to click and bid using its new online venture. (Christie's says its online bidders bought $32.3 million of art over the past year.)

Saatchi Online made a splashy entrance into this market over a year ago, when it invited artists to upload and sell their creations on his site, with the site taking no commission fees. With Charles Saatchi, a high-profile British ad executive and art collector, at the helm, the site has been seen by some in the art world as a litmus test for Internet sales.

The painting 'Tied,' by Katelyn Alain, was sold over Saatchi Online.
(click here to continue reading)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Feeling of Winter or Winter Tea Cup (progress of one painting)

Tumult of memories - winding an ambient web - building tangled nests of deceit – haunting how they inform me – like sugar melting on the tongue

This painting has transformed into a scene informed by the onset of the Wisconsin winter.

There is something strange and new about this one that adds an element of intrigue to future paintings for me. It was extremely difficult to photograph- the colors are so variant. The actual painting looks way better than the picture of it here. I'm finally satisfied with it (top image).

Monday, October 08, 2007

Open Art Studios Weekend: at the Zoo

Photo credits: Gary N-ski

What a great weekend of art making and socializing with art enthusiasts.

I am a member of an arts group called artsTRIBE and we set up shop at the Henry Vilas Zoo's visitor center for the Madison Open Art Studios Weekend. Good times. Beautiful Building.

This was also a great way to make some extra cash to help pay for grad school.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Capital Times -Madison, Wis.

by Rob Thomas and Kevin Lynch


"How We Get Carried Away," a Master of Arts exhibition by Katelyn Alain, is a series of life-sized oil paintings created over the past two years. In her strongest and most cohesive body of work to date, Alain explores the relationship among memory perception, reality and imagination through allegorical narratives. Alain's work will be exhibited in the Madison Municipal Building from Sept. 4 through Oct. 31.

link to blurb

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Exhibition Walls

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Solo Exhibition: ARTspace Gallery September 5 - October 31

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Welcome to the Playground

Remembering the Great Egret of Guatemala

Detail shots

Monday, July 30, 2007

How We Get Carried Away

48 x 60" Oil on Canvas

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Studio

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Artist Residency

I am currently off the grid and working at a residency in Vermont. I will return in one month with new work.

Monday, May 14, 2007

A Masculine State of Affairs

48x85 inches. Life-sized figure. Oil on canvas (diptych)
not quite finished..but almost.

Confident, absurd, royal. Gliding through time and space on a gilded chariot (or is that a child's pull toy?). How is such an antiquated and silly machine propelling him forward? Where could he be going? Good questions, but does any of that matter when he can enjoy such delicious treats during the ride?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Death of the Rabbit

48x60 inches. Oil on Canvas.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Current Exhibition: Overture Center for the Arts

artsTRIBE presents:
O Fortuna! Exploring Carmina Burana
March - June 2007
In collaboration with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, we explore the links between Carl Orff's famous musical score and the rich history of the original Burana Codex that inspired it.

Visit our website to discover the many ways that you can participate in our explorations.

Opening Reception: April 13, 6-9PM

join us on
Gallery Night: May 4

Madison Symphony Orchestra performances: May 11,12,13

Monday, April 16, 2007

Press Reviews

The Opening

Sunday, April 15, 2007

New Work in Progress

Week 3: trying to bring it back...
Day 3: laying down pigment with a limited palette

Day 1: underpainting. wanting to work with a more limited palette. still hooked on strange ideas of movement through time and life. these movements have a 'carnivalesque' feeling to them however my figures react with a blase normalcy as they get carried along.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Symbols Symbols Everywhere

New Work in Progress. Very early stages.
48x60" oil on canvas.

I am thinking about symbols of the feminine that come to us in life through repeated appearances whether they be ironic or personal in nature.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Fear of Aging 1