Deborah Kern was born in 1969, Plainfield, NJ. She grew up in the Philadelphia area where she took early fine arts classes at Moore College of art and went on to receive her BFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1991.
She spent the next two decades living and painting in New York , Mexico, Southeast Asia, and the Greek Islands to expand her vision and work. The resulting images take on a feminine quality in line and form. Gothic, romantic, expressionistic, and emotionally charged, her paintings often contain muted blacks and whites with pops of acidic, highly saturated color. She enjoys intricate almost sinister looking spidery lines against broad open sweeps of space. You see the influences from her travels in her work, most notably from Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo and the more expressionistic work of David Siquieros. One also detects a love of the quirky flat faces and figures found in European medieval paintings as well as early Greek representations of the human form.
The artist has exhibited and participated in many group shows such as The Astoria Artist Coalition Show in Athens Square Park, Astoria, as well as numerous exhibitions with the Organization of Independent Artists in the Wesbeth Gallery in New York City as well as the Montserrat Gallery in Soho. She has also designed and taught a portfolio preparation class for aspiring artists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and has recently put her sculptural talents to work in designing and constructing elaborate fondant cakes for private clients.
Kern has most recently displayed at the Larry Elder Gallery in Charlotte, for the juried Carolina's got Art Exhibition, Artfields 2018 in Lake City, SC, Studio Channel Islands Collectors Choice Exhibit and Auction, as well as shows at the Hart-Weitzan Gallery, Advent Coworking, The Cultural Art Initiative, and Charlotte Art League where she won a merit award for one of 2 accepted works. She currently creates, teaches and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and 3 children.
Parsons School Of Design, NYC 1991 BFA
March 24th, Collector's Choice Auction Studio Channel Islands, Ventura, CA
April 20th-28, 2018 I will have a piece at the highly competitive "Artfields" in Lake City, SC
April 21st, Hart Witzen Spring Free for All
2017 Fall Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2017 Fall into Art, Charlotte Art League (Juried Competition), Charlotte, NC
2017 Spring Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2017 Facets, Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte, NC
2016 Spaces, Cultural Initiative’s Annual Showcase, Charlotte, NC
2016 Arts Fete, Advent Coworking, Charlotte, NC
2016 Showdown 2016, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2015 Fall into Art, Charlotte Art League (Juried Competition), Charlotte, NC
2015 Free for All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2015 Carolina’s got Art, Elder Art Gallery (juried Competition), Charlotte, NC
2000 Take Home A Nude, New York Academy of the Arts (charity auction), New York City
1999 OIA Salon Show, Wesbeth Gallery, New York City
1998 OIA Salon Show, Wesbeth Gallery, New York City
1997 Salon 2016, Montserrat Gallery, New York City
1995 Salon Show, Bell Café, New York City
1992, Sueños, Carrasco Galleria, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico