Kim McCarty

Like blurry afterimages drifting past closed eyelids, Kim McCarty’s watercolors hover between presence and absence, innocence and wisdom, and past, present, and future. Working rapidly, at times using only a single color and at others a haunting, bruise-inspired palette of acid yellows, greens, and browns, McCarty’s portraits evoke the sense of uncertainty, ambivalence, anxiety, and loss with which we view today’s generation. A graduate of UCLA (MFA) and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (BFA), McCarty has upcoming solo exhibitions with Morgan Lehman Gallery, and David Klein Gallery. McCarty is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Art.

born Los Angeles, CA



University of California at Los Angeles, M.F.A.
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, B.F.A.



Kim McCarty: New Work, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Kim McCarty: From the Studio, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Kim McCarty Paints, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA

David Klein Gallery, Detroit MI,
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Lightbox Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

Kim McCarty, cherry and martin, Los Angeles, CA

Kim McCarty, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, NY

Under Glass, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
Watercolors, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Kim McCarty, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Kim McCarty, Rebecca Ibel, Columbus, Ohio
Kim McCarty, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, CA

Kim McCarty, Recent Paintings, De Chiara/ Stewart, New York, NY

Kim McCarty, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, CA
Kim McCarty, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho

Drawings, Works on Paper Inc. Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

Helen, Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA

Recent Paintings, Sharon Truax Fine Art, Venice, CA

Recent Paintings, Janie Beggs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Chrome Hearts installation,  Miami Beach, FL
The Wing Soho,  New York, NY
Artists for ICA LA,  Chrisities Los Angeles, CA
About Face,  South Hampton Arts Guild, NY
Who is Joan Quinn, Cornell Art Museum, Cornell NY

Water/Bodies,South Hampton Arts Guild, NY
Love Potions, Kim McCarty, Mona Kuhn, Roger Herman, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA

Billboard Creative,  Los Angeles, CA
Elective Affinities, Juliao Sarmento Collector, Fundacao Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, Portugal
Paper-Work, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA

Watercolor, Griffin Fine Art, London, England
New York Armory, David Klein Gallery, New York

Wet, Kim McCarty/Natalie Franks, Eden Rock Gallery, St Barthes,
New York Armory Modern, David Klein Gallery, New York
Fresh, MOCA,Los Angeles, CA
Selling Sex, Showstudio, London, England
Pulse Art Fair, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

California Contemporary, Scott White Gallery, San Diego CA
Inaugural Exhibition, Heiner Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC
Eve, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles CA
Group Show, Sears Peyton, New York NY
Art Platform, David Klein Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Dis-a-pear, Island Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Fresh Figures and Abstraction, Scott White Gallery, San Diego, CA
View to the Soul, Portraiture Old and New, Heather James Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Medium is the Message, Penninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

Blue, Blue, Kim Light/Lightbox Gallery, Culver City, CA
Draw the Line, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Dillitantes, Divas and Dandies, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
Watercolorland, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Ces Enfants Etranges, Shore institute of the Arts, New Jersey
Black Dragon Society exhibition, Black Dragon, Los Angeles
California Contemporary Art, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Artists Portraits of Artists, Pace University Gallery, New York, New York

Empty Nest, The Changing Face of Childhood in Art, 1880 to the present
Nathan A Bernstein Gallery, New York, November 1st to January 12, 2008, catalog
Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part 2, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Unexpected Watercolor, Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

100 artists, 100 hundred watercolors, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY
August Light, Great Barrington, MA
Figuratively Speaking, Part 2, Elika Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
LA: Now, Dominique Fiat Galerie, Paris, France
Portrait Show, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary Erotic Drawings, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, (catalog)
Liquid Los Angeles,: Currents of Contemporary Watercolor Painting Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
The Unexpected Watercolor, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon
Painted Ladies, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA,(catalog)

Drawn to the Present, Pace University Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
What’s Doin?, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Show, Cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
New Talent and Familiar Faces, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
LA Woman, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA
Expect: Art, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Behind Door Nine, UCSB University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. CA

International Paper, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA,
(catalog) Smoking Pencils Rolling Papers, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Wet Paint, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California
Rebecca Ibel 10th Anniversary, Rebecca Ibel, Gallery Columbus, Ohio
Biosystems, USC Institute of Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Multiple Expressions, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

What a Painting Can Do, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Toyland, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, Oregon
A Thousand Clowns, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Re-Configuration, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China (catalog)
Re-Configuration, Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Ghent, Belgium

H20, Works On Paper, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
For Example, Acuna Hansen, Los Angeles, CA
Paintings, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Exhibition, New Jersey Center For The Arts, Summit, NJ
Certain Things: Unlikely Treasures, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY
MOCA Auction, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

Works on Paper, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Traces New Drawing, Katrina Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA

LA Current: A Media Fusion, UCLA Gallery at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
The Painted Image, Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA
Group Exhibition, Sharon Truax Fine Art, Venice, CA
LA Current, The Female Perspective, UCLA Gallery at the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

LA Woman, Lutz Hegenbarth, Cologne, Germany



Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY
Latham and Watkins, New York, NY
Neuburger and Berman, Los Angeles, CA
Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii



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New American Painting, 49th Edition, 2003, (cover)

El-Diri, Hanadi, “Youth,” An-Nahar, Beirut, Lebanon, July 3, 2003.

Mageean, Sean, “The Dreams of Children, New Watercolors, by Kim McCarty,” The Independent, June 12, 2003.

Donelon, Charles, “Brutal Youth,” Santa Barbara News Press, May 2003.

Frank, Peter, “International Paper,” Art on Paper, April 2003.

Chen, Eva, “Artists,” Elle Magazine, April 2003.

Dambrot, Shana Nys, “Kim McCarty at cherrydelosreyes,” Artweek, March 2003.

Knight, Christopher, “Drawing Not Toeing the Line,” Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003.

Ohlman, Leah, “Teens Stripped of Their Veneer,” Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003.

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Galleries New York, Contemporary Art Report, October 2000.

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Kaplan, Peggy Hall, “Malibu Artist Draws Her Motivation from Experiencing Trial by Fire,” Malibu Surfside News, February 11, 1999.

Clothier, Peter, “Inside-Out,” catalog essay for Kim McCarty, Works on Paper, Inc. August 28. 1998.

Irmas, Deborah, “L.A. Summer Surf,” Artnet, July/August 1998.

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Clinton, Paul, “Mirror, Mirror On the Wall,” Los Angeles Times, August 29,1997.

Chobert, Laurent, “Kim McCarty “Lisbon” at Sharon Truax,” Art Review, July 1996.

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