Kathryn Kain


Kathryn Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, Toledo University and Arizona State before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed a BFA, emphasis on printmaking at San Jose State University. After further study with Kenjilo Nanao and Misch Kohn at Cal State Hayward, she earned her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Ms. Kain’s studio is in San Francisco at Hunters Point Shipyard. Nature, nurture and the deep connection between humans and plants inspire her work. Drawing perishable objects in the vanitas still life tradition, her work features beautifully rendered fruits, flowers and branches. Selected ephemera, collected images and found papers offer hints of narrative in her drawings and prints.

Her monotypes, collages and paintings have been shown across the USA and Mexico. The Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, California presented a solo exhibit of Ms. Kain’s work in 2009. This major exhibit featured more than 35 works including large scale drawings with monotype, prints, handmade books and collage panels. There is catalog documentation of this show entitled “Harvesting Myths.”

Ms. Kain continues her work as an artist and master printmaker at Smith Andersen Editions, a fine art publishing studio devoted to the monotype in Palo Alto, CA. Owned by director Paula Kirkeby, Smith Andersen Editions invites artists from around the world to collaborate on unique and experimental monotype projects which have been led and executed by Ms. Kain for more than a decade. With her strong ties to the Bay area art community Kathryn works as printmaker and instructor privately as well as for Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute and Santa Clara University. She’s also taught at San Jose State University, Blufton College and Dominican University.

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